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World Cup warning after domestic abuse incidents rose by more than 60% during last tournament

119793454With England preparing for the World Cup, victims are being reminded they are not alone after a surge in domestic abuse incidents when the national team played in the 2010 tournament.

The day England drew 0-0 with Algeria in South Africa four years ago the number of domestic abuse reports logged in Surrey was 61% higher than seven days earlier.

Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Associate Responsible for Police Services, said: “England fans know all too well how painful poor World Cup displays and early exits are to watch but the terrible truth is that they can hurt much more for domestic abuse victims.

“It’s appalling that the police have to deal with so many incidents and it is vital that whatever month, week or day it is people know protection and support is available.”

Detective Superintendent Jon Savell from Surrey Police’s Public Protection Team, said: “The fact that it takes around 35 incidents before a person experiencing domestic abuse comes forward means that a lot of people are suffering in silence.

“Everyone has the right to live free from abuse and the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse partnership provides the support people need to feel confident in coming forward and speaking out. Break the cycle by taking the first step.”

Reports of domestic abuse incidents on days England played in the 2010 World Cup (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.

Surrey County Council and Surrey Police are among the organisations working together to tackle domestic abuse in the county.

England play Honduras tomorrow (7 June) before starting their World Cup campaign against Italy on 14 June.

Surrey contacts for domestic abuse support:

  • Surrey Police on 101. In an emergency, call 999
  • Surrey 24 hour helpline 01483 776822
  • Surrey Against Domestic Abuse website.

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