Euros – not everyone is cheering

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While many people look forward to the excitement of football tournaments like the Euros for those who are in abusive relationships, football tournaments can increase the abuse they face from their abusers. Some factors that can exacerbate an already existing problem include alcohol intake, drug taking and gambling addictions.

Anna Trendl, a researcher at Warwick Business School, said: “It is important to recognise that for victims, domestic abuse does not occur once every two or four years following a football match. It is a lived experience of constant fear.”

Research Studies

Studies conducted in the United Kingdom have shown a significant rise in domestic violence incidents during major football tournaments. A study by Lancaster University found that, domestic violence incidents rose by 38% when England lost a match and by 26% when they won or drew.

How you can help

Stay informed: Learn about the signs of domestic abuse to help better understand what the victim is going through and how best to support them. Share this knowledge with others.

Stay connected: Regularly check in on family members, friends, and neighbours.

Be supportive and non-judgmental: Let them know you are there for them. Listen without judgment and believe what they tell you.

Use Clare’s Law: Clare’s Law, officially known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), is a scheme that allows individuals to inquire about a partner’s history of domestic violence or violent acts. The scheme is named after Clare Wood, a woman who was murdered by a former boyfriend with a known history of violence against women.

If you’re worried your current partner or ex-partner might have an abusive past and believe they may pose a risk to you in the future, using Clare’s Law, you can make an application to request information about any previous history of violence or abuse a person might have.

You can also make a request for a friend or relative if you’re worried that they might be at risk. Find out more by visiting Essex Police.

It’s important to know that you are not alone and there are people ready to help. Compass is the domestic abuse line for Essex, and you can call them on 0330 333 7 444 or visit their website.

If you are in immediate danger, always call 999.