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Domestic abuse expected to spike during international football games.

People facing domestic abuse are being strongly encouraged to seek support, especially during periods when incidents are anticipated to surge.

Research from the National Centre for Domestic Violence reveals that domestic abuse incidents increase by 26% when our national team plays, 38% if they lose, and 11% the day after, regardless of the outcome.

Ahead of Sunday’s match (16 June), the domestic abuse service is preparing for a potential rise in cases, often driven by emotional stress, alcohol consumption, and betting activities before and during the games.

There is no justification for domestic abuse. While watching football does not cause abuse, it can act as a trigger in relationships where abuse is already present.

The Somerset Domestic Abuse Service, provided by Somerset Council, offers support and advice to anyone experiencing domestic abuse, with services tailored to meet individual needs.

Additionally, there is a program for those who recognize their behaviour as abusive and wish to change.

A spokesperson from Somerset Council said: “It’s vital that we acknowledge the increased risk of domestic abuse during high-stress events like major football matches. Our community must come together to support those affected and ensure they have access to the help they need.”

Domestic abuse includes any incident or pattern of controlling, coercive, or threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between intimate partners or family members aged 16 or over, regardless of gender or sexuality.

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Statistics indicate that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. For individuals enduring domestic abuse, the tournament period can be filled with fear and anxiety, but support is available.

Community involvement

Encouraging community members to be vigilant and supportive can make a significant difference.

Friends, family, and neighbours should be aware of the signs of domestic abuse and know how to offer help or direct victims to professional services.

Creating a supportive and informed community can help reduce the incidents of domestic abuse and provide a safer environment for everyone.

Social media awareness

Raising awareness about the increased risk of domestic abuse during football matches on social media can help reach a wider audience. Sharing information, support resources, and encouraging people to speak out can empower victims to seek help and educate others about the issue.

By taking collective action and offering consistent support, we can work towards reducing domestic abuse and creating a safer, more supportive environment for everyone.

Further information on recognising the signs of domestic abuse can be found here: https://somersetdomesticabuse.org.uk/supporting-someone/recognising-when-something-is-not-right/

The Somerset community is being urged by the Council to consider friends, relatives, and coworkers, stressing that it is everyone’s business to report domestic abuse.

If you are experiencing any form of domestic abuse, worried about someone you know, or are concerned about the impact of your behaviour towards others, then help is available: somersetdomesticabuse.org.uk or by telephoning 0800 69 49 999 – between 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.

In an emergency you should always dial 999. If you are worried that an abuser may overhear your call you can remain silent, tap the phone and dial 55 when prompted by the operator who will send help. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired you can register with emergencySMS.net. Once registered you will be able to send a text to 999 if you require help in an emergency.

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Grant Application Kings Coronation Form

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III will take place on Saturday 6th May 2023, with an additional bank holiday on Monday 8th May 2023.

We are keen to hear from groups/organisations in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge that are looking to celebrate the Coronation. The Town Council has £1500 available to allocate to events being organised to celebrate the Kings Coronation. The maximum grant to be allocated per event will be £500.

You must meet the following criteria for your application to be considered:

– The event will be open to all members of the public

– The event will be free of charge

– The event will take place within the Coronation weekend

– The event will take place within Burnham on Sea or Highbridge


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