People experiencing domestic abuse are being urged to seek help, at a time when incidents of domestic abuse are expected to rise.

Data published by the National Centre for Domestic Violence highlights that incidents of Domestic Abuse increase by 26% in our national team play, 38% if they lose, and 11% the next day, win or lose.

As the team progresses in the tournament, with another intense game expected on Saturday (10 December), the domestic abuse service is expecting an increase in incidents – often being fuelled by emotional stress, drinking alcohol and betting before and during matches.

There is no excuse for domestic abuse. Watching football doesn’t cause abuse, but it often triggers incidents of abusive behaviour in relationships where domestic abuse is happening.

The Council’s, Somerset Domestic Abuse Service, is available to help and advise anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse, with support tailored to each individual’s needs.

There is also a support programme for anybody who thinks their actions towards someone are abusive and who has a desire to change that behaviour.

Domestic abuse is defined as ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality’.

Find out more:

What is domestic abuse?

10 Signs of an unhealthy relationship

‘Busting the myths’ about domestic abuse

It is estimated that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. No one wants our team to win more than someone experiencing domestic abuse – for them, the tournament can be a time of fear and anxiety anticipating an incident of domestic abuse, but help is available:

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, worried about someone you know, or are concerned about the impact of your behaviour towards others, then help is available.

In an emergency, you should always dial 999, if you are worried that an abuser may overhear your call you can remain silent and dial 55 for help.



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October 16, 2023

Michael Wallis