Croydon’s FJC is ensuring help is at hand for anyone who may experience domestic abuse during the World Cup.
Across the UK reports of domestic violence rise during all major sporting events.
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
“We know that reports of domestic violence increase during major sporting occasions and we want to make sure that anyone in Croydon facing abuse knows where they can get advice and support.
“The combination of a number of factors including emotional stress, alcohol consumption and the competition of the event can mean that domestic abuse is more likely to happen during this time.
“However, domestic violence is a crime which is never justified and we’re putting in place measures in Croydon to ensure that additional help is on hand at this time when we know that people can be at even greater risk.”
During the 2014 World Cup domestic abuse reporting increased by an average of 25% on days when England played, while during the 2010 World Cup this crime increased by 26% when England won – and 38% when England lost.
And while the 2018 World Cup will be over on 15 July, many families will still be impacted by the domestic abuse that happened during the games, and after they ended.
Posters promoting how to report domestic abuse to the FJC will displayed around the borough during the World Cup.
Meanwhile the FJC team will be working to provide access to support services by listening to people’s concerns and responding in a way that will keep them safe.
If you, or someone you know needs help, please call the FJC on 020 8688 0100, or the free phone National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hours a day) on 0808 2000 247. If in immediate danger, please call the police on 999.
See https://www.croydon.gov.uk/community/dabuse/fjcentre for further information.