Get Me Out of Here
Hide Your Tracks

WMWomensAid on Twitter

WMWomensAid check out our just giving page raising money to furnish our new Hereford refuge https://t.co/GJ2h0Krb4h
Aug 23replyretweet
WMWomensAid Our new refuge in Hereford is ahead of schedule! It will open in the late summer, 2 months earlier than originally planned! #domesticabuse
Jun 28replyretweet
WMWomensAid Up to 60 per cent of women who experience domestic abuse are pregnant at the time #domesticabuse #domesticviolence
Jun 27replyretweet
WMWomensAid We need to furnish our new refuge in Hereford; can you help?
Jun 26replyretweet
WMWomensAid A shocking statistic; the police receive on average more than 100 calls relating to domestic abuse every hour #domesticabuse
Jun 21replyretweet

West Mercia Women’s Aid is seeking to raise awareness of domestic abuse ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil, which kicks off later this week.

Research suggests that during big sporting events reports of domestic abuse increase.

The statistics make for sobering reading :
• During the 2006 World Cup held in Germany, Home Office data showed a 31% rise in domestic violence reports on the day of England's 1-0 victory over Paraguay;
• On the day of England's exit from the tournament, beaten on penalties by Portugal, reports increased by just over 30%;
• On average there was a 25% rise in domestic violence reports on the days of England games, with one in four offenders found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Jan Frances, Chief Executive of West Mercia Women’s Aid said : “Like other events where there is heightened emotion, stress and possible disappointment, the World Cup is a time when we may expect a rise in domestic abuse. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day for advice, information and support, and we would urge anyone who thinks they may be at risk to ring us.  Don’t suffer in silence – we can help”.

About two women a week are killed by their partner or ex-partner although it is important to remind people that this kind of abuse doesn't just affect women; Home Office data indicates that around 30 men a year are killed within a domestic abuse context.

By working in partnership with other agencies dedicated to tackling domestic abuse, West Mercia Police is reassuring local communities that that they are fully prepared for any associated increase in crime and disorder.   They have plans in place to deal with any extra demand for domestic abuse assistance and will, as ever, be encouraging victims to come forward and seek support.

Jan concluded : "Given the fact that research shows that there is an increased prospect of domestic abuse during the World Cup, we will be adopting an even greater proactive approach to ensure the safety of victims and their families."