Campaign launched across Isle as domestic violence shown to rise during major football tournaments

Domestic abuse may increase during the Euros
Domestic abuse may increase during the Euros

Action is being taken in a bid to prevent a surge of domestic violence during the Euro 2016 football tournament, now playing until July 10.

Humberside police saw the highest level of domestic violence during World Cup weeks in June 2010. Nationally, domestic abuse incidences reported to police at that time rose by 30 per cent.

North Lincolnshire Council’s Safer Neighbourhoods team wants people to be more aware of what can happen, and where victims of domestic abuse can get help or advice.

They have been out in the Isle and wider communities to provide information.

To try and reach people who may need support, beer mats with local helpline numbers on them have been distributed in pubs and bars across the county.

Patterns show that domestic abuse calls increase after the end of a game; when a match is played at the weekend or has a late kick-off. This is likely to be linked to wider alcohol consumption, which can be an aggravating factor.

Coun Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Governance and Transformation, said: “Abusers use violence both with and without alcohol. However, drinking alcohol is known to increase the frequency and seriousness of incidents.

“We want to raise awareness of the link to domestic abuse during football tournaments and try to put a stop to it. A lot of support is available. Euro 2016 should be a time that people come together to show support for their country. We don’t want anti-social behaviour to ruin this. We would urge people to drink responsibly.”

Support services include the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247, The Blue Door, Laneham Street, Scunthorpe. Open 9am to 5pm weekdays, call 0800 197 4787, Women’s Refuge North Lincolnshire, 01724 289299.

North Lincolnshire Council children and young people’s service. Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday. Call 01724 296500. Out of hours call 01724 296555.

Childline – open 24 hours, seven days a week. Call 0800 1111.

Substance Misuse support services are also available, they are: Stepforward: drug and alcohol misuse services – 189 High Street, Scunthorpe. Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Call 0808 143 0640. 24 hour support for all drug issues. Call 0808 143 0640.