Red Card for Domestic Abuse During World Cup

The Safer Stockport Partnership (SSP) is sending out a strong message that domestic abuse will not be tolerated during the World Cup.

Statistics showed that across Greater Manchester over the eight days that England played football matches and the days following the national side’s matches at the 2010 World Cup, a total of 2,022 Domestic Abuse incidents were recorded.

This was an increase of 15.4% compared to the same period in 2009. Previous research has also shown that incidents can increase by up to 30% on England match days.

The SSP, which includes Stockport Council and the Police, is urging domestic abuse victims, their friends and families, as well as those committing the abuse, to seek help and support during the 2014 World Cup.

Councillor Wendy Meikle said: “During large sporting events the number of incidents of domestic abuse increases. If you or anyone you know is suffering from domestic abuse I would encourage you to come forward and seek help and support. There are many agencies within Stockport that can help and you do not have to suffer alone or in silence.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse you can contact Stockport Without Abuse on 0161 477 4271 or visit the Domestic Abuse Services in Stockport website.