West Yorkshire Police is reaching out to football fans ahead of the start of the World Cup urging them not to lose it all for football.
During the Euro 2016 tournament, and other major sporting events, police have seen spikes in domestic abuse incidents, particularly during key games or matches that fall on weekends.
On the day of the first England game during Euro 2016, police were called to 185 domestic abuse incidents, compared to 152 incidents the Saturday before the tournament. The day of the final match between Portugal and France there were 204 reports of domestic abuse to West Yorkshire Police.
Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “For football fans this is a very special time and emotions can run high, however, there are no excuses or justifications for being violent or abusive. Domestic abuse and domestic violence are completely unacceptable and it’s something no-one should have to live with at any time.
“It’s vital that victims know that it’s never their fault and that they do not have to put up with it. I urge any victims to report these incidents whether that is to West Yorkshire Police or another agency – then we can make sure everybody gets the help they need. Likewise help is available to be offenders who recognise and want to change their behaviour.”
For more information about support available for both victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse, visit: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/WorldCup18