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It’s not the result that committed the abuse – are you worried about your behaviour towards those you love?

by Guy Murphy

As England prepare for the Euro 2024 semi-final and residents make plans to watch the game, we are asking them to consider their behaviour towards their partners and family.

A study carried out ahead of the World Cup in 2021 by the National Centre for Domestic Violence found that when England lose a match, domestic abuse rises by 38% – when England wins it rises by 26%, and 11 per cent the following day, whether England win or lose.*

Domestic abuse can take many forms and is a crime that can ruin the lives of those impacted by it – not just the victims themselves, but children, the wider family and friends too.

Win, lose or draw there is no excuse for domestic abuse.

Spotting the signs

Sometimes those who perpetrate this abuse, spot issues in their own behaviour long before their actions escalate into a more serious problem. Often however, people ignore the early signs and only get help when things become really serious and a crisis arises.

But if people get help sooner, there is an opportunity to change behaviours and reduce the risk of harm for more people.

Certain behaviours might only have happened once or twice and may not seem that serious at first. But, if you start to spot a pattern in your behaviour or see the negative impact it might be having on those around you. Don’t ignore it!

Being aware of your own behaviour and recognising an issue early can be the first step to protecting you and your family from serious harm.

Getting advice and support

Non-judgemental support and advice is available if you are worried about your own behaviour or that of someone else.

Residents can self-refer to the CHOICES programme via the Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub by calling 0151 443 2600. The CHOICES programme looks at supporting users to recognise abuse and change their behaviour.

You can also visit www.respectphoneline.org.uk or call 0808 802 4040 to access lots of advice, information and non-judgemental support.

If you’re a Knowsley resident experiencing domestic abuse or you know someone who is, you are not alone, and help is available.

If you, your child, or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently, call 999. If you are not at immediate risk but are concerned, please contact one of the services listed below:

Knowsley Council Safer Communities Service (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
Tel: 0151 443 2610


Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

Tel: 0151 443 2600

The First Step (Independent Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)

Tel: 0151 548 3333

Website: www.thefirststep.org.uk

Savera UK

Helpline 0800 107 0726


Support is also available through:

  • National Domestic violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327