The World Cup is a reason for many proud football fans to party and enjoy themselves; however expectation can often turn into anguish and conflict at the kick of a ball.
It is estimated that incidents of Domestic Abuse increased by almost 30% when England played matches in the 2010 World Cup.
Help is available to anyone suffering from Domestic Abuse during this time in the Worcestershire area. West Mercia Women’s Aid will be manning their usual 24 hour helpline on 0800 980 3331 and QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright will be available during normal office hours Monday – Friday for legal help. They will also be manning a legal helpline at weekends starting Saturday 14th June 2014 through to 13th July 2014 between 10:00am – 4:00pm for advice and to arrange emergency injunctions if required when the Courts are open.
In an emergency always dial 999 and contact the Police Service.
Suzanne Oldnall, Head of the Domestic Abuse Team at QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright, says, ‘Although football doesn't cause Domestic Abuse, the increased intake of alcohol coupled with the intense emotions relating to these games means the likelihood of abuse is significantly increased.
There are also often disagreements as a result which can lead to abuse. These can range from arguments about what’s on the television to people spending more money and more time with their friends.’
Suzanne or a member of the Domestic Abuse team can be contacted on 07966 197760