The blow doesn’t have to be physical to hurt
Alcohol harm is experienced not only by drinkers but by those around them including families, friends, colleagues and strangers. Research by Violence Against Women found that between 25% and 50% of those who perpetrate domestic abuse have been drinking at the time of assault. We know that people using our services, including families and friends, may be experiencing domestic abuse and want to encourage them to get support.
Domestic abuse includes both physical violence and emotional, sexual, psychological or financial behaviour between intimate partners or family members which is controlling, coercive or threatening. It can occur as an isolated incident, but is often found as a pattern of abuse.
Research by Lancaster University criminologist Dr Stuart Kirby has shown that during previous World Cups domestic violence incidents increased by 38% when England lost. It also rose by 26% when they won.
With the 2018 World Cup kicking off on 14th June we want to reach out to people to make sure that they know support is available. Our campaign ‘The blow doesn’t have to be physical to hurt’ is to raise awareness of not only physical violence but also emotional, sexual, psychological or financial abuse.
You can support our campaign by:
Downloading our campaign posters and displaying them in your service, community centre, workplace or GP surgery.
Here are a couple of suggested social media posts that you might find useful:
- World Cup domestic violence incidents increased by 38% when England lost. It also rose by 26% when they won. #KnowTheSigns
- Domestic abuse doesn’t end when the World Cup does. Continue to #KnowTheSigns and spread awareness
- Do you avoid certain topics out of fear or angering your partner? This is a sign of domestic abuse #KnowTheSigns
- The signs of domestic violence may not be as obvious as some think. Has your partner ever…
- trapped you in a room and not let you out?
- thrown an object that hit you or nearly did?
- held you down or grabbed you to restrain you?
- shoved, poked, or grabbed you?
- threatened to hurt you?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, call National 24 hour Helpline: 0808 2000 247 or National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 for free and confidential support
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If you are experiencing domestic violence then there is free and confidential support available.
National 24 hour Helpline – 0808 2000 247
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428