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Overcoming threat of World Cup abuse

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FOR most people, the World Cup is an opportunity to socialise and enjoy the excitement of international football in a fun way.

However, for victims of domestic violence the competition can be a scary few weeks as the threat of abuse dramatically increases.

Each time there is a major football tournament, cases of abuse within the home soar due to the dangerous mix of high passions and alcohol.

Olwen Kelly, director of Swindon Women’s Aid, said: “Unfortunately, every time we see a tournament like this there is a huge spike in the cases of domestic violence.

“It is something caused by a mixture of the excitement of big matches, often combined with the consumption of large quantities of alcohol.

“Obviously, England games are the worst but it doesn’t matter what the result is.

“If England have done really well then the abuser may well be really hyped up but obviously if they have lost then they are feeling down. In these situations the smallest thing can trigger an incident.”

Wiltshire Police have said there will be extra staff on duty during England games to deal with any rise of incidents.

Olwen says whether people chosen to drink at the pub or at home the risks of domestic violence are heightened whenever alcohol is involved.

She said: “We know that alcohol is not the reason for domestic abuse but it is most certainly a contributory factor. Abuse can take many forms but when alcohol is involved then we will often see violence.”

Women’s Aid has issued advice ahead of the World Cup with regards to domestic abuse and reminded victims that help is always available.

Olwen said: “I think the normal warnings apply when it comes to drinking alcohol during the World Cup. Everyone should make sure they know their limits and be sensible.

“For those being abused we would tell them to be aware of the warning signs when an incident is about to occur. Most of the people we deal with would tell you there are tell-tale signs so they should take note.

“If they suspect trouble, then our emergency helpline is always available, 24 hours a day.

“However, if it is an emergency then the first call should always be 999.”

If you are subjected to abuse or fear an imminent incident, the helpline for Swindon Women’s Aid is 01793 610610.

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6:36am Mon 9 Jun 14

Blackmalkin says...

These will be nice little rabbit hutches, then, with the usual parking hell as soon as the first victims move in...
These will be nice little rabbit hutches, then, with the usual parking hell as soon as the first victims move in... Blackmalkin
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8:03am Mon 9 Jun 14

ChannelX says...

Hot weather, increased alcohol consumption, the inevitable poor England team performance and the rise in the number of different nationalties in the town all watching the football together will indeed mean the usual morons batter their wives and partners due to their own personal inadequacies.

And it will continue to happen as predictably as clockwork as long as our local judiciary refuse to treat these violent criminals appropriately. You can bet your house that the majority of those who'll be battering their partners over the next few weeks will have done it before.

You can also bet that many of them will have previously been convicted and allowed to stroll free from court.
Hot weather, increased alcohol consumption, the inevitable poor England team performance and the rise in the number of different nationalties in the town all watching the football together will indeed mean the usual morons batter their wives and partners due to their own personal inadequacies. And it will continue to happen as predictably as clockwork as long as our local judiciary refuse to treat these violent criminals appropriately. You can bet your house that the majority of those who'll be battering their partners over the next few weeks will have done it before. You can also bet that many of them will have previously been convicted and allowed to stroll free from court. ChannelX
  • Score: 10

9:45am Mon 9 Jun 14

Wildwestener says...

ChannelX wrote:
Hot weather, increased alcohol consumption, the inevitable poor England team performance and the rise in the number of different nationalties in the town all watching the football together will indeed mean the usual morons batter their wives and partners due to their own personal inadequacies.

And it will continue to happen as predictably as clockwork as long as our local judiciary refuse to treat these violent criminals appropriately. You can bet your house that the majority of those who'll be battering their partners over the next few weeks will have done it before.

You can also bet that many of them will have previously been convicted and allowed to stroll free from court.
All so sadly true. Not a day goes past without a report in the Adver of someone who has committed some serious crime walking free from Swindon courts.
I do hope the World Cup does not brin out thise side of people but if it wasn't that it would be something else. Very sad for the victims.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: Hot weather, increased alcohol consumption, the inevitable poor England team performance and the rise in the number of different nationalties in the town all watching the football together will indeed mean the usual morons batter their wives and partners due to their own personal inadequacies. And it will continue to happen as predictably as clockwork as long as our local judiciary refuse to treat these violent criminals appropriately. You can bet your house that the majority of those who'll be battering their partners over the next few weeks will have done it before. You can also bet that many of them will have previously been convicted and allowed to stroll free from court.[/p][/quote]All so sadly true. Not a day goes past without a report in the Adver of someone who has committed some serious crime walking free from Swindon courts. I do hope the World Cup does not brin out thise side of people but if it wasn't that it would be something else. Very sad for the victims. Wildwestener
  • Score: 6

12:21pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Unacceptable behavior must be brought into the light. Domestic abuse is brushed under the carpet so often and develops into issues for the entire family unit deal with it early and avoid countless future problems
Unacceptable behavior must be brought into the light. Domestic abuse is brushed under the carpet so often and develops into issues for the entire family unit deal with it early and avoid countless future problems Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -6

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