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11 Jun 2012
Cheshire Constabulary is adopting a
robust policing approach to domestic abuse during
Past experience indicates the number of domestic
incidents rises during major football tournaments. Many of
the incidents are drink-related.
Cheshire′s Assistant Chief Constable, Ruth Purdie said:
Purdie, Cheshire Police
We have recognised for some time that there is a
connection between football, alcohol and domestic abuse
incidents. It is important that victims feel they can rely
on the police for help and support.
We urge anyone who is a victim of any type of domestic abuse to
come forward and report it.
Domestic abuse can involve people from all walks of life and of
all ages. Men, women and children can suffer psychological,
physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse. Domestic abuse in any
form is not acceptable.
Our specialist officers are trained to
assess situations where domestic abuse has been reported.
They use their training to determine the most appropriate course of
action, and the best way of preventing abuse being repeated. They
work closely with other agencies and volunteer bodies to provide
support for the victim from the first point of contact, right
through the investigation process and during any subsequent court
proceedings. The partner agencies are trained and experienced in
many aspects of this work and are able to furnish a wide range of
guidance and help.
Officers have the power to intervene, caution, arrest or
charge and will use whichever of those powers are
necessary. There is no specific crime of domestic abuse but the
abuse may involve other types of crime, including attempted murder,
rape, assault, false imprisonment, criminal damage and
We have the power to impose conditions on a
person who is arrested and charged with an offence. We can include
conditions about where they live or conditions that stop them from
contacting or going near a person or location, or we may apply for
a curfew. Anyone who then breaks his or her bail conditions can be
arrested and remanded in custody.
Cheshire Police take domestic abuse seriously.
Officers are committed to investigating all reports effectively and
will bring offenders to justice and hold them accountable for their
If you are subject to domestic abuse, report it. Call Cheshire
Constabulary on 101. If you find yourself in a
situation where you are in immediate danger you
should phone 999. Our first priority is to make
sure that you and any children are safe. Police officers will come
to your home, or wherever the incident has taken place, and will
take whatever action is needed to make you safe. If necessary,
officers have the power to force entry into your
home to protect you.
Domestic abuse in any form is not acceptable.