The World Cup will see celebrations, nail-biting moments and dazzling displays of football skills – and with it comes a rise in cases of domestic violence.
According to research by the Royal Statistical Society, the number of domestic abuse reports rises by as much as 32 per cent if England lose in international tournaments and 28 per cent if they win.
Frustrations at results and too much alcohol can, and have, resulted in increases in violence and domestic abuse.
Throughout the tournament, Weaver Vale Housing Trust will be sharing details of the support available people who are subject to domestic abuse so they can seek help.
The Trust also want to highlight the common signs of an abusive relationship so that everyone is aware what to look out for and help family and friends who might be suffering from domestic abuse, get the support they need.
Judith Burbidge, Director of Neighbourhoods and Customer Services said:
“The majority of people are excited about the World Cup. We want all of our customers to have a good time but passionate support of any sport does not justify domestic violence.
“We want to remind people that there is no excuse for bad behaviour and we will be taking a robust stance by working with our partners to take action against any perpetrators of violent crime and domestic abuse.
“We take domestic abuse extremely and define it as any threatening behaviour or violence. It can be psychological, physical, sexual, verbal or emotional. We know it occurs in all sorts of families from all walks of life and impacts on children and other family members.
“As well as facing severe action from the authorities, those who commit domestic abuse or violence could face eviction or exclusion from their home.
“Our advice to people who may be at risk of domestic abuse is don’t wait – contact the police or get in touch with our Support and Wellbeing Team, and you will receive the help that you need.”
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, and there is an emergency that is ongoing or life is in danger, dial 999. In non-emergency cases, please call 101.
If you are a WVHT customer and need further support, get in touch with us on 0300 303 9848 or visit www.wvht.co.uk
- Domestic Abuse Family Safety Unit - 01606 351 375 (self referrals for clients) 09.00 - 17.00
- National domestic violence 24 hour helpline - 0808 2000 247
- For emergency injunctions - http://www.ncdv.org.uk/ - 0800 970 2070 or text @NCDV to 60777
- Mens advice line - 0808 801 0327