World Cup sparks violence in home?

PUBLISHED: 13:19 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 August 2010

A CAMPAIGN to fight domestic violence has been launched.

A CAMPAIGN to fight domestic violence has been launched.

The Metropolitan Police campaign comes as the Association of Chief Police Officers warned of potential increased incidents during the World Cup.

Lasting for five weeks, the advertising campaign will be shown across radio, newspapers, television and online.

During the 2006 tournament in Germany, reports of domestic violence to English and Welsh police forces increased by 25 per cent on England match days.

Almost one in five murders in London happens as a direct result of violence in the home.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Smart, head of Bromley police's Criminal Investigation Department, said: "Domestic violence is a cowardly crime that no one should have to suffer.

"We are committed to tackling violence in all its forms and aim to intervene at the earliest opportunity to protect and support all victims and seek the prosecution of perpetrators.

"The home should be a place where children and families feel safe. People who assault or abuse their partners are abusing their trust and both the police and society will not tolerate this".

From May 1, 2009, to April 30, 2010, there was a 12 per cent decrease in reported cases of domestic violence to Bromley police compared with the year before, falling from 2,089 cases to 1,837.

During the same period, domestic violence offences across London fell by 2.2 per cent, from 52,937 offences to 51,794 offences.

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