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Violence On and Off the Pitch During the World Cup

by Ridley&Hall in Domestic Violence, Family & Matrimonial, Johanna Allen, Meena Kumari, Vicky Medd posted June 26, 2014.

Luis Suarez’s alleged  biting incident has not been the only violence during the World Cup.

West Yorkshire Police reported that calls about domestic abuse more than doubled during England’s first World Cup game, from 36 the night before to a shocking 92 calls on the night of the match.  West Yorkshire Police made it clear that they did not blame the football, but alcohol for fuelling these incidents.

The Home Office in a study in 2011 confirmed that the group most at risk were teenage girls aged between 16 and 24.  They are considered to be particularly vulnerable because of their lack of awareness of domestic violence, and the inability to recognise an abusive relationship.

The police have issued information and advice on how to avoid domestic violence on the West Yorkshire Police website.

In addition, we can offer assistance to those who are suffering domestic violence.  Whilst the amount of legal aid assistance we can provide has decreased significantly, one of the areas where public funding has been retained is to obtain a non-molestation order.  Obtaining such an order means that if there is an allegation that the order has been breached, it is a criminal offence, and the perpetrator can be arrested, and dealt with through the criminal courts.

Ridley & Hall LLP have a history of assisting vulnerable clients who are facing domestic abuse at home in a caring and sensitive manner.  If the circumstances justify it, a non molestation order can be obtained usually on the same day, or the following day.

To meet with a family lawyer, please telephone us on 01484 538421, and arrange an initial half hour consultation.  If your enquiry is urgent, please explain that to the Family Team, and we will see you as soon as we are able.

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