Support available for domestic abuse survivors during the Euros 2024 - The Leamington Observer

Support available for domestic abuse survivors during the Euros 2024

THE RED card is being given to domestic abuse during the Euros 2024.

Statistics show that cases of domestic abuse increase when there is a major football tournament on.

The figures reveal that incidents of abuse increase by 38 per cent when England loses a match and 26 per cent when they win or draw.

As a result, ahead of the Euros 2024, Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Police are both calling for domestic abuse survivors not to suffer in silence.

WCC health and adult social care spokesperson Coun Margaret Bell said: “There is never an excuse for physical or emotional abuse, regardless of your frustration relating to a game of football or your own personal issues. For victim-survivors there is help available from domestic abuse services across the county for you and any dependents you have. You can find help and relevant support services at”

Warwickshire Police is also urging victim-survivors to reach out for help.

Detective Chief Inspector David Andrews said: “We are not saying that major football events cause domestic abuse, but we are aware that the increased alcohol consumption and the strong emotions that come with sporting events can make existing situations worse.

“We want victim-survivors to know that we want to help, they will be listened to, and we have specialist officers ready to support them.

“We work closely with partners across the county to safeguard and support victims of all forms of Domestic Abuse – if victims do not feel able to speak to the police, they can talk to our partners at Refuge via their helpline on 0800 408 1552. In an emergency please dial 999.

“Whether it is Warwickshire Police, our partners, or our colleagues at Refuge, please reach out for help. You Are Not Alone.”

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