As the world prepares to enjoy the FIFA World Cup today, there are others for whom the tournament will be a time of fear and risk of violence.
Lincolnshire Police is anticipating an increase in incidents of domestic abuse and is committed to supporting victims and pursuing offenders.
The police nationally have recognised the impact of major sports events on reported levels of domestic abuse.
Analytical and academic work has shown that there is a propensity for an increase in domestic abuse during international football tournaments, usually heightened during match days.
Figures suggest an increase in reported domestic abuse offences of up to 27 per cent on match days and alcohol is a known contributory factor.
Community Policing Inspector Jim Tyner said: “We are absolutely committed to reducing incidents of violence that goes on behind closed doors and, together with our partners, have a number of initiatives running to support the campaign.
“These include radio adverts on Lincs FM, timed to coincide with match days, social media campaigns, and prominent poster displays. Trading Standards and the force Licencing Department will also be delivering specially printed beer mats to local pubs and bars.
“On Twitter, we are using the hashtag #BlowTheWhistle to actively encourage reporting of incidents so we can do all we can to address this despicable crime”.