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Glow launches World Cup campaign to highlight 38% increase in domestic abuse cases when England lose
This month at Glow, we’ve launched a campaign to highlight the rise in domestic abuse cases during major football tournaments.
Data from the National Centre for Domestic Violence shows that domestic abuse increases by 26% on match days. Further research from London School of Economics and Political Science shows that if a game is lost, this rises to 38%. When alcohol is involved domestic abuse cases nearly double and rise to 47%.
We’re urging anyone who recognises this behaviour in themselves during the football season to reach out for support. We offer support and advice and can signpost to other services that help people responsible for abusive behaviour to change their behaviour.
To spread the message, we’ve created and printed awareness stickers with the slogan #DontBringItHome. They’ll be distributed to local pubs, bars and community hubs to spread the message to as many football fans as possible.
The same message will also be displayed on billboards across the City and social media.
Operations Manager Jackie Capewell said: “We can’t ignore the research. Whether England win, lose or draw, domestic abuse cases increase. That’s why we’re choosing to highlight these facts during this year’s World Cup and raise awareness of domestic abuse.
“Football doesn’t cause domestic abuse – it isn’t incident led. It’s a wide range of unhealthy behaviours used to gain power and control over another person. This can continue long after the final whistle.
“We want to see football come home this year, but not domestic abuse. Everyone deserves home to be a safe space so if you don’t feel safe, or your behaviour is causing others to feel unsafe, please reach out for support.
“Together we can address, overcome and end domestic abuse.”
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