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There is no excuse for domestic abuse – don’t suffer during Euro 2024

by Guy Murphy

Ahead of the Euro 2024 Final, Knowsley Council is urging those impacted by domestic abuse to reach out for support if they need it.

For many, the iconic football tournament has been a time to enjoy watching sport with friends and family, cheering on England and sharing both the highs and lows of the game together. However, the beautiful game can also be a time of fear for some.

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.*

Knowsley Council wants to remind its residents that if they are in a domestic abuse situation, support is available.

The Council is also urging residents to think about their actions and consider how their behaviour might be impacting those they love. Win, lose or draw, there is no excuse for domestic abuse.

For many victims of domestic abuse, it can be very hard to reach out for help or to report abuse.

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
  • LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428


* https://www.ncdv.org.uk/the-not-so-beautiful-game/