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Domestic Abuse: The European Cup

But what impact do international football tournaments have on this type of abuse?

We are urging you not to 'lose it all for football' during this summer's Euro 2016 tournament. During Euro 2012 and the World Cup, we saw domestic abuse increase by a third and received an average of 110 calls per England game.

We want football fans to enjoy the upcoming tournament in the right spirit, inflamed passions and excess alcohol will be no excuse for domestic abuse.

Deflated? Pressured? Abused? Report It poster

Understanding and tackling domestic abuse is a key priority for the force and our Police Crime Commissioner. Domestic abuse continues to be a serious and persistent social problem that can affect anyone.

If you have previously experienced domestic abuse we know you may be worried ahead of the football.

We want to reassure you that within Avon and Somerset Police domestic abuse is investigated by specially trained officers. These officers are committed to preventing and bringing to justice perpetrators of domestic abuse. We will deal with you without prejudice and in confidence. We take domestic violence very seriously and will deal positively and promptly with any incident we attend.

If you report an incident to us our first priority is to protect you and any family you may have. If the situation is an emergency an officer will attend and if possible arrest the perpetrator and take action to protect you from further abuse. Alternatively you can attend any police station in person, or ask a friend or relative to report it on your behalf or call the non-emergency number which is 101. If you require an interpreter one will be made available initially by phone and later in person.

What happens if I don’t want to report it?

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, including violence, you would be safest out of the situation and there is a lot of support available to help you with this. It is not always possible to think clearly when you are experiencing an incident of domestic abuse. The following advice can help you plan ahead and help keep you safe.

If you’re living with your partner

If you’re living with your partner and have experienced domestic abuse previously and you don’t want to leave there are steps you can take to help keep you safe.

Plan ahead of incidents

  • Make a plan for your safety
  • Arrange to have a place to go
  • Have your own copies of important papers
  • Have important phone numbers available
  • Keep an overnight bag ready
  • Put aside money and spare keys
  • Consider keeping important possessions at a friend’s house
  • Agree a code word or action with a trusted friend to alert them when you’re in danger
  • Think about talking to your neighbours
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During an incident

  • Get out if you can
  • Call for help or phone 999

If you can’t leave the situation

  • Avoid rooms with only one exit
  • Avoid the kitchen, bathroom and garage if possible
  • Call for help or phone 999

If you’re living alone

  • Change locks, secure doors and windows
  • Change your phone numbers
  • Seek legal advice
  • Notify trusted friends and family

If you’ve left

  • Inform your work and children’s school and/or nursery if appropriate
  • Change your daily routine
  • Plan ahead for unexpected contact with your abuser

You are not alone…

It can be difficult to talk about things. However, you don’t have to suffer in silence. For help and support, or just a listening ear, there are a number of specialist agencies who are there for you.

Hollie Guard is a next generation smartphone app that provides enhanced levels of protection. In danger? A simple shake or tap activates Hollie Guard, automatically sending your location and audio/video evidence to the contact you choose. Download the app to your smartphone

Many people who’ve experienced domestic abuse say they didn’t recognise they were in an abusive relationship until they were out of it. This is often because the abuse may start with controlling behaviour such as frequently checking where you are or psychological abuse, saying or doing things that make you less confident.

This can get worse over time and may become physical. Realising you or someone you care about is in an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. For help and advice visit 'This is not an Excuse'