With England set to kick off their Euro 2012 campaign, the message is being spread that victims are not alone after figures showed a surge in domestic abuse incidents when the national team played in the 2010 World Cup.
The day England drew 0-0 with Algeria at the 2010 tournament the number of domestic abuse reports logged in Surrey was 61% higher than seven days earlier.
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Poor England performances and defeats can hurt fans’ pride but the shameful fact is they can be much more painful for the victims of domestic abuse.”
“It’s shocking that Surrey Police deal with so many domestic abuse incidents each year. There are excellent support services available, but we need to highlight this issue to ensure victims feel able to come forward and get the help they need.”
Reports of domestic abuse incidents on days England played in the World Cup in 2010 (all rises are compared to seven days earlier):
12 June – versus USA: Forty-four incidents were reported to Surrey Police, seven more than the previous Saturday and a near 19% rise.
18 June – versus Algeria: The police logged 37 calls, a rise of 14 on seven days earlier or 60.8%.
23 June – versus Slovenia: 51 reports were made. That was 10 more than seven days before, representing a 24% increase.
27 June – versus Germany: 56 incidents were recorded, an increase of eight, or nearly 17%, on a week earlier.
To report an incident of domestic abuse, call Surrey Police on 101. In an emergency, call 999 immediately. To find out more information, follow this link.
England open their Euro 2012 campaign against France today (11 June) in Ukraine.
Surrey County Council and Surrey Police are among the organisations that work together to tackle domestic abuse in the county.