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World Cup Could Increase Domestic Violence In Cornwall

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6:01am 13th June 2014

It is feared domestic violence in Cornwall will kick off as England do.

Safer Cornwall reckons there will be a rise of 25% in domestic abuse across the country because of the world cup. It could be a lot more if our team is dumped out of the competitionn early.

In the Duchy experts expect there to be an extra 65 cases during the tournament.

They say there will be an extra thirteen cases alone as England play their first match.

That is on top of the 19,000 incidents in Cornwall each year, equalling 52 a day. Around 11,000 of those go unreported.

David Parker from Safer Cornwall said: "It could be said there there is a pandemic of domestic abuse across the country, we know that the impact that that has on communities is immense, not just on the victim of the violence and abusive behaviour, but also on their childrem that quite often witness it.

"There is about a 25% increase in domestic abuse across the country when there is a European final or World Cup match on, it is partly because the people that watch football drink alcohol, and alcohol is a disinhibitor."

It comes as a new Risk Evaluation and Coordination Hub is launched in Truro - designed to offer a single point of contact for people who need help.

A Domestic Abuse survivor said: "I had been having problems with my ex partner and I was feeling very alone and frightened and not sure what to do. I got talking one day to a lady at my hairdressers who gave me the REACH phone number.

"I contacted REACH and received a kind and understanding response. My concerns were listened to and I was given lots of advice on the options available to me. They then supported me in getting the help that was right for me. If I had not contacted REACH I am sure I would still be feeling alone, frightened and unsafe. Anyone in my situation should contact REACH as it really helped."

Anyone experiencing domestic abuse is encouraged to seek help by contacting the new REACH Hub in Truro, which provides support for victims across Cornwall, on 0300 7774777.

6:01am 13th June 2014

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