Reported incidents of domestic abuse increase during World Cup season with findings from previous tournaments showing a spike of up to 27% when England won a game and 32% when they lost.
By unveiling a White Ribbon banner above the entrance to Wallasey Town Hall on Thursday 14 June, the start of the World Cup Tournament, Wirral Council and partners sent out a clear message that domestic abuse of any kind is completely unacceptable.
Cllr Paul Stuart, Cabinet Member for Law and Order, said, “The stats surrounding football and domestic abuse are shocking. These banners, greeting citizens at the doors of our town halls, should serve as a reminder that for some, ‘the beautiful game’ turns ugly after the full time whistle has blown.”
Cllr Stuart was joined by Cllr Anita Leech, local champion for the council’s Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse pledge alongside Nicola Palios, Vice-Chairman of Wirral’s newly promoted league football team, Tranmere Rovers FC. Tranmere Rovers have been staunch supporters of the council’s Zero Tolerance pledge since 2016. Local domestic abuse partners and agencies also attended.
The symbol was chosen in line with the national White Ribbon charity, who campaign to end violence against women, by engaging men to ‘call out violent, bullying behaviour amongst their peers, and spread a message of equality and respect.’
Cllr Leech said of the symbol, “The White Ribbon is an emblem of strength and solidarity with survivors of violence. But while we call out violence, we must also remember that not all forms of domestic abuse are physical.”
Wirral Council and its partners pledge to tackle all forms of abuse. This can include emotional, physical and sexual abuse and other forms of coercive control by people of any gender. Alongside the banners, Wirral Cabinet Members and members of the Domestic Abuse pledge committee also wore white ribbons as a symbol of solidarity with survivors of domestic abuse.
How to get help – looking for support?
Support options are available for survivors who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse of any kind via the council website at wirral.gov.uk.
• In an emergency, always dial 999.
• If you need help to deal with domestic abuse or violence you can contact the Family Safety Unit on 0151 666 4914, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
• National 24 Hour Domestic Abuse helpline - call free on 0808 2000 247 National Domestic Violence Helpline website.
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Published by Wirral Council News on Wed, 13 Jun 2018 http://www.wirral.gov.uk