Council tells Doncaster survivors not to tolerate domestic abuse during Euro 2020 - 'Help is out there'

Doncaster Council is urging people to not to tolerate domestic violence as incidents are reportedly higher during sporting tournaments like Euro 2020.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 12:41 pm
Doncaster Council has urged domestic violence survivors not to suffer in silence
Doncaster Council has urged domestic violence survivors not to suffer in silence

The rise in incidents of domestic abuse during and after football matches has been well documented in the past and residents affected are being reminded by council bosses that ‘they are not alone’.

The council is currently developing a domestic abuse strategy and people are being urged to come forward to give their views on the issue and how violence inside homes are better handled by the authorities.

Councillor Rachael Blake, cabinet member for children’s social care, communities and equalities, said: “No-one should have to face domestic abuse, but we know sadly that reported incidents of domestic and sexual violence increase during sporting events such as the Euros.

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“We want to urge victims, their friends and families not to wait, but to seek help and advice immediately before the abuse escalates.

“A new domestic abuse strategy for Doncaster is being developed and we have been asking residents, young people, practitioners and survivors to complete a survey where they can give their views on domestic abuse.

“These results will help provide valuable input into our strategy and I would ask people to take the time to complete the survey.”

Alongside support for victims there is help if you are worried about some of your behaviours and would like to make changes before issues escalate into violence, help is available from Respect respectphoneline.org.uk/help-for-perpetrators/.

Respect can support you to be safe around your partner and children. The Respect helpline can be contacted on 0808 8024040.

A survey is available to complete for people who have previously been abusive but have been able to turn their life around at: www.doncastertalks.com/domestic-abuse-surveys

All completed questionnaires are anonymous. The closing date 25 June.

To find out more about the domestic abuse strategy in Doncaster contact Karen Shooter, at Doncaster Council on [email protected]

If you are experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned for someone you know then please visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/domesticabuse for more information and to ask for help.

If there is immediate danger always call 999.

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