Are You a Euro 2012 Striker? Victims of Domestic Violence Encouraged to Seek Help
|Author: The Safer Portsmouth Partnership||Published: 13th June 2012 11:06|
Have you been looking forward to Euro 2012? Or have you been dreading it?
Three weeks of football, football parties, barbeques, and celebrating with your mates - so what's not to love?
However, for some people like Amanda, they are bracing themselves for 3 weeks of abuse and violence. Her partner turns into a striker ... and not the football variety. Research suggests that reports of domestic abuse and violence can increase by as much as 40% during major sporting events and 62% of violent incidents are linked to alcohol.
Domestic abuse accounts for over 27% of violence in Portsmouth and recent research suggests it could cost the city as much as £27.9million per annum. It's still hugely under reported with most people experiencing approximately 35 incidents of abuse before they seek help.
That's why the Safer Portsmouth Partnership want to encourage both those who are experiencing domestic abuse and those that are abusive in their relationships to seek help over the tournament period.
Councillor Aiden Gray, Cabinet Member for Community said: "Domestic abuse is a top priority for the Safer Portsmouth Partnership. It's often linked to a number of other priorities we have in the city like alcohol misuse, drug misuse, adult re-offending and young people at risk.
It's sad that a sporting event and the corresponding consumption of alcohol during these tournaments can increase incidents of domestic abuse. Alcohol is never an excuse for domestic abuse.
The partnership want to make it clear that those who recognise they are being abusive in their relationship can get help and those that continue to behave abusively will be robustly prosecuted by the Police".
Emma Kettle, Independent Domestic Violence Advocate Lead for the Portsmouth Early Intervention Project said: "Euro 2012 will hopefully be a time for us to celebrate, and that often involves having a few drinks.
Research shows us that a majority of people (especially men) will drink more during tournaments and that this will sadly lead to an increase in domestic abuse incidents and calls to support services.
This campaign highlights the strong links of alcohol to domestic abuse. Alcohol is not an excuse. We want to make it really clear that support is available for those experiencing domestic abuse.
We want this to be a time of fun and not fear."
People who are abusive and want to stop can call The Respect Helpline on 0845 122 8609. The national Respect helpline is open weekdays and is a confidential service for those who are abusive towards their partner and wish to stop.
If you are experiencing abuse, you can call The National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or Portsmouth Refuge on 023 9229 1034 (9am-10pm)
People seeking help for their drinking can call the Alcohol interventions Team on 023 9284 1753 or can visit www.savedave.info