A terrible football result

It should be such a great time, the sun is shining, the barbeques are on and to top it all off, we’ve got England’s final World Cup group match to look forward to tonight; what could be better?

For some, the answer to this question is their relationship could be better. As we said on Sunday, the sad reality is that the World Cup is linked with an increase in domestic violence and abuse.

If you have already experienced domestic abuse since the tournament started in Russia, you might be expecting more of the same later today.

There are various steps you can take to keep yourself safer if you think you might be subjected to domestic violence and abuse during this time.

The common advice being –

. stay away from dangerous places such as the kitchen

. find a room with an escape route if possible

. keep a fully charged mobile phone accessible so you can call for help

. call the police on 999 if in immediate danger

. get out of the house if you can

If you are expecting violent outbursts from your partner as a result of watching a football match, then you are certainly in an abusive relationship and may want to talk to someone to get help and discuss your options.

At Broxtowe Women’s Project, we are highly skilled in supporting survivors of domestic abuse. We will empower you to make decisions that are right for you, and help you make progress towards improving your situation.

Moving on from an abusive relationship can be a difficult journey, but it’s easier when you are supported by a professional who understands what you’re going through and can provide constructive help and support.

If you choose to stay in the relationship but want to talk and be listened to, we are here for you too.