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Will the world cup see the end of many marriages?

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With many people excited about the start of the World Cup on 11 June 2010, sadly this will be a time of fear and dread for those victims of domestic abuse.  According to BBC news the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) there is the threat of increased domestic violence during England's World Cup campaign.  Statistics revealed showed that during the 2006 World Cup, Home Office data showed a 31% rise in domestic violence reports on the day of England's 1 - 0 victory over Paraguay.  On the day England were defeated in the tournament, reports increased by just over 30%.  In fact, in general there was a 25% rise in domestic violence reports on the days of the England games, with a quarter of offenders being under the influence of alcohol.

It is a very sad fact of life that domestic violence is so rife within our society.  Deputy Chief Constable Carmel Napier has been quoted as saying "An incident of domestic abuse was reported to UK police every minute of every day". 

Acpo are writing to all police forces in England and Wales requesting they highlight the problem to the police officers and putting an action plan to deal with it.  The Home Office have backed this and Home Secretary Theresa May has been quoted as saying "I hope this campaign will help to reassure victims that there is protection and support available, encourage more victims to report abuse and will serve as a warning to potential abusers that violence will not be tolerated".

Sadly, the world cup news does not end there. A study by law firm Pannone has shown there was a significant increase in couples seeking divorce in the fortnight after the last two tournaments.  Arguments over too much drinking; not enough time spent with the family etc are likely to be cited in divorce petitions.

At Clarion we have specialist experts to deal with all aspects of a relationship breakdown.  Our Justine Osmotherley is Resolution accredited in the areas of domestic abuse and financial provision.  This is only awarded to those who can demonstrate a very high level of expertise, and stringent assessments are undertaken.  This is independent verification of the technical skills we have.  If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Justine Osmotherley by telephone on 0113 336 3323 or by e-mail on justine.osmotherley@clarionsolicitors.com.

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