Fears abuse at home could rise during Euros

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DOMESTIC abuse victims are urged to speak out during Euro 2012 amid fears violence could rise during the tournament.

Research suggest reports of abuse in the home can soar by as much as 40 per cent during sporting tournaments, according to the Safer Portsmouth Partnership.

Now the organisation, made up of agencies including the city council, police and fire service, is encouraging victims and abusers to get help.

Domestic abuse is estimated to cost Portsmouth as much as £27.9m a year.

Councillor Aiden Gray, city council cabinet member for community safety, said: ‘Domestic abuse is a top priority for the Safer Portsmouth Partnership. It’s often linked to a number of other priorities we have in the city like alcohol misuse, drug misuse, adult reoffending and young people at risk.

‘It’s sad that a sporting event and the corresponding consumption of alcohol during these tournaments can increase incidents of domestic abuse. Alcohol is never an excuse for domestic abuse.

‘The partnership want to make it clear that those who recognise they are being abusive in their relationship can get help and those that continue to behave abusively will be robustly prosecuted.’

Anyone experiencing abuse can call 0808 2000247 or Portsmouth Refuge on 023 9229 1034. People who are abusive and want to stop can call 0845 1228609.