Police warn of rise in domestic abuse during major football competitions
A POLICE chief has re-iterated the importance of reporting domestic abuse as football fans gear up for Sunday's make or break European Championship clash.
Incidents of domestic abuse in the Thames Valley rose 'considerably' during the 2010 World Cup.
Speaking at a media briefing at Slough Police Station, in Windsor Road, on Tuesday, Jim Reeves, Slough deputy inspector, encouraged people to report any signs of domestic abuse during the games.
"Domestic abuse has risen during previous tournaments," he said. "This could be because of football or because we are encouraging more people to report it and raising awareness."
During the 2010 World Cup a total of 3118 incidents and crimes relating to domestic abuse were reported during, compared with 2687 in 2009 and 2842 in 2011.
Mr Reeves added: "An increase in reporting domestic abuse incidents allows us to understand the problem and do something about it."
He also said the Slough police force had extra resources to target clubs, pubs and bars showing Euro 2012 games and tackle any potential street disorder and violence.
For more information about domestic abuse visit www.speakouttoday.co.uk. To report an incident call police on 101 or anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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