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Domestic Abuse - Legal advice and support during the 2022 Football World Cup

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.

Incidents of Domestic Abuse rose after every match in the 2018 World Cup, the highest level reported was after the semi-final between England and Croatia.

Help is available to anyone suffering from Domestic Abuse during this time in the Worcestershire area.  West Mercia Women’s Aid in partnership with Refuge will be manning their usual 24 hour helpline on 0800 980 3331.  QualitySolicitors Parkinson Wright will be available during normal office hours Monday – Friday for legal help on 01905 721600 or you can call into the Domestic Abuse Drop In Centre Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4:00pm.  You do not need to make an appointment.

Suzanne Oldnall, Head of the Domestic Abuse Team will also be manning a legal telephone helpline at weekends on 07715 677130 
starting 26th/27th November, 3rd/4th December, 10th/11th December and 17th/18th December 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 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 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.’

The Domestic Abuse Drop In Centre can be contacted on 01905 721600.


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