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Council Helps to Blow the Whistle on Domestic Violence during World Cup

The Council is promoting key messages to raise awareness of domestic violence during the World Cup.

It comes as violent incidents historically increase at this time due to increased alcohol consumption and heightened emotions.

Air fresheners containing contact information for Arch North Staffordshire have been given out to car wash businesses in Newcastle-under-Lyme and an eye-catching poster asking people to “show domestic abuse the red card” is now in place on billboards in the borough.

In one policing area in England, previous incidents increased by 38 per cent when England lost, but also rose by 26 per cent when they won.

Council Leader Simon Tagg, who is wearing a white ribbon lapel badge during the World Cup, said: “The Council is committed to working with partners to reduce domestic violence by supporting victims and tackling the underlying causes. It’s one of our priorities and we know it escalates during major sporting events. We want to reach as many people as possible and tell them they don’t have to suffer in silence. Domestic violence is not acceptable and should not be carried out, condoned or ignored.”

The White Ribbon charity aims to end violence against women once and for all by engaging men in calling out violent, bullying behaviour among their peers, and spreading a message of equality and respect. It is currently running its own campaign.

Anyone who is suffering can call the North Staffordshire Domestic Violence Helpline on 01782 222421, the national helpline on 0808 2000 247, Staffordshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Please use a safe phone.


Last updated 22 June 2018