Violence given red card
As the World Cup kicks off, police in south Belfast have warned that domestic abuse will be given the red card.
The number of incidents of domestic abuse in B district, which covers south and east Belfast, has risen by 0.7% in the year ending March 31, and officers are aware that the problem increases at periods when people are drinking more, such as the World Cup.
As part of their ongoing campaign to tackle domestic abuse, police across south and east Belfast have been working closely with agencies including Women’s Aid and the local District Policing Partnership to encourage the reporting of incidents and underline the message to those suffering from abuse do not suffer in silence.
The 24 hour Domestic Abuse helpline number is free pone 0800 917 1414.