Progress Housing Group teams up with Police for World Cup Domestic Abuse campaign
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PC David Payne, Marilyn Barber, Senior Community Safety Officer at Progress Housing Group, PC Darren Coathup and Sgt Andy Hill of St Annes and Kirkham Neighbourhood policing team
St Annes and Kirkham Neighbourhood policing teams and Progress Housing Group recently launched a campaign aimed at tackling domestic abuse during the World Cup.
The campaign ‘Blow the whistle on Domestic Abuse’ ran throughout the duration of the World Cup which ended on Sunday 13th July and involved dedicated members of Progress Housing Group’s community safety team and Kirkham and St Annes neighbourhood policing teams going out and visiting domestic abuse offenders ahead of football matches, to offer support to help them change their behaviour. This would often mean working out of hours during evenings and weekends.
During the visits the teams also distributed Domestic Abuse Awareness packs funded by Progress Housing Group to the victims of domestic abuse. The packs were given to offer support and reassurance to the victims.
During the World Cup campaign the team visited over 79 homes which had previously been identified as homes of victims or perpetrators of Domestic Abuse.
A mother of one of the victims that the team visited said: “I never thought you would come out to support my daughter, the case is now going to court and it’s affected all of our family; I now know housing offer us support.”
Another woman who was visited commented: “It’s always the little things that make him so mad. I will look through the pack and contact you if I need any more help. Thank you for coming to me as I would never think you would of.”
Domestic abuse helplines were also promoted during the campaign which included hard-hitting posters aimed at perpetrators and victims, which were placed in off-licences, supermarkets, sports clubs and community centres as well as in GP surgeries.
Tammy Bradley, Operations Director at Progress Housing Group, said: “It is well known that there’s a tendency for incidents of domestic abuse to increase during high profile sports events, particularly as more alcohol is offered at low cost by larger supermarkets and consumption increases during these times. With this in mind, we decided to work with Kirkham and St Annes neighbourhood policing teams to identify and target well-known offenders of domestic abuse in our communities as well as the victims to offer our reassurance and support.
“We wanted to participate with this campaign to reassurance victims of domestic abuse and to demonstrate that we’re committed to providing them with the necessary support whilst urging them to come forward so they can access the specialist support they need.
“Progress Housing Group will continue to work in partnership with the local neighbourhood policing teams of Kirkham and St Annes as we recognise that we cannot deliver this service without our colleagues of the Lancashire constabulary.”
Fylde Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Mark Thackeray-Scott, said: “It is well recorded that incidents of domestic abuse can rise during tournaments of this kind. I am delighted with the results of this joint initiative that provided invaluable support to victims and help to families that are vulnerable. The visits were well received by all family members who were greatly re-assured, I am confident that those that are vulnerable feel far more confident to report issues knowing that there is help and assistance readily available.”