Greater Manchester is launching a domestic abuse campaign in the run up to and during the World Cup.
Research shows cases of domestic abuse increase by nearly 30 per cent during match days.
Supporting the campaign are 10 local authorities, Greater Manchester Police, the Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline and Greater Manchester Public Health Network. They have come together to urge domestic abuse victims, their friends and families as well as those committing the abuse to seek help and support.
Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney, GMP’s lead on Domestic Abuse said: “Offenders need to be clear that the World Cup cannot be used as justification for any abusive behaviour. Support services are available for them to get help, but if they choose to become violent or abusive then we will arrest them and ensure that they are brought to justice.“
A series of hard-hitting posters will be displayed in hospitals, doctor’s surgeries and licensed premises, while adverts will run on buses across Greater Manchester.
Information cards will provide domestic abuse victims, their friends, families and perpetrators with some key contact numbers for support services.
Always dial 999 in an emergency situation. For more information visit: www.endthefear.co.uk.
The Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline will extend their hours during England’s first three world cup games. You can call 0161 636 7525 during the following times:
Saturday 12 June 7pm – midnight
Friday 18 June 10am – midnight
Wednesday 23 June 10am – 9pm
Northwards Housing has a zero tolerance approach to all forms of domestic abuse. We have specially trained domestic abuse champions who are here to help. You can call us on 03000 123 123, or call into your local housing office and speak to our officers, who will talk to you about your options and work positively with you to find a solution.
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