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World Cup fear for domestic abuse
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Police report increases in cases during previous tournaments
Violent abusers are to be under extra police scrutiny during the World Cup by a Midlands force.

Staffordshire officers are predicting a rise in domestic violence, especially around England's matches, and they will be targeting known offenders.

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Assistant Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said during Euro 2004 there had been a 40% increase in cases of domestic violence.

Police believe increases in cases could take place immediately before and after England games during next month's tournament.

She said: "Officers will be making visits to repeat victims and offenders - especially those on bail for domestic violence - to check there are no problems.

We can guarantee any offender caught will not be watching England matches if they're behind bars
Assistant Chief Constable Suzette Davenport

"We are saying to these people - just because it's behind closed doors, it doesn't mean we won't catch you."

Domestic violence co-ordinator Helen Appleby urged victims to come forward and take advantage of their partners being out of the house.

She said: "For some domestic violence victims, the England matches may provide a window of opportunity to seek help.

"I would say to any victim, you are not alone, there are people out there who can help."

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