Police Reminder Not to 'Lose It' at the Football
Friday, 22 June, 2012
Police are continuing to remind people not to lose it at home during the football as England keep on winning.
With England through to the quarter finals of the European Championships on Sunday 24th June, potential or former domestic violence offenders are warned not to kick off at home during the drama of the football or they could lose everything. Consequences could include prison terms for violent offences, loss of access to children, loss of access to social housing, the break up of relationships, bans from pubs for fighting and much more.
Domestic violence often increases during major football tournament – particularly when England lose.
So far, the number of reported domestic violence incidents has shown that there hasn't been a significant rise when England has played – in fact the team’s winning streak has seen a drop in reported incidents.
Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd reiterated the message that any domestic violence offence would not be tolerated and that officers would prosecute offenders to the limits of the law to protect victims. (Scroll down to view YouTube video).
"We are working closely with Probation and other partners to continue to remind people not to lose it at home during Euro 2012 and that there is time to change,” he said. “Two former offenders have already told us their story to warn others of the real consequences of domestic violence for everyone.
“We’re also urging victims to contact us or local help lines if they want advice or support and to be aware that they could be at risk during the tournament.
“Whatever the result on Sunday, if you’re prone to violence, don’t lose it at home. Please continue to be good spirited and think before you act.”
The Force has been distributing posters and advice cards as well as tweeting messages to support the campaign. Read more about the campaign here. Follow us on Twitter @WestYorksPolice or become a Fan on Facebook.
YouTube Video - Assistant Chief Constable Mr Geoff Dodd