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Domestic abuse predicted to rise during England World Cup matches
Updated 9:40am Tuesday 10th June 2014 in News
ESSEX Police are planning operations throughout the World Cup as it is feared there will be a rise in domestic violence.
Essex Police will be running several operations to try and combat the expected rise.
The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (2013) predicts a countrywide rise of 26 per cent on nights when England win or draw, or 33 per cent if England lose.
This would be equal to dozens of extra attacks in the county, Essex Police is using Operation Shield to manage the most dangerous domestic abusers.
The force has identified 110 men and seven women as most likely to offend.
These people will be warned they are being monitored and, where appropriate, visited by police.
Det Supt Ewen Wilson said: “There are a number of reasons why the rise in domestic abuse is linked to the times when England are playing a match. “These can include such things as stress, poor anger management, mental health issues, depression and substance abuse.”
Alcohol and hot weather are also expected to make a difference.
Accidents and emergencies are also expected to rise.
In 2010 there was a 37.5per cent rise in admissions to hospital emergency departments on England match days.
Mr Wilson added: “The majority of football fans are well behaved and enjoy watching the games with family and friends.
“We want the tournament to be a time everyone can enjoy, which is why we have put a number of policing operations in place, to help to keep it a safe time for everyone.
“It’s important to remember it is not the actual World Cup that heightens the risk of domestic incidents but when the England team plays.”
The World Cup plans are one of a number of measures being introduced by Essex Police to help victims.
Campaign Standing Together was launched yesterday and the force is also now using domestic violence protection notices.
The notices order suspects to leave premises preventing them entering the home or having contact with alleged victims immediately following alleged incidents.
Five were issued in the first week after the launch on June 1.
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