Hampshire GP urges people to speak up on domestic abuse during World Cup

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WITH the football World Cup under way GPs are supporting a police campaign to support those affected by domestic abuse.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Speak Out Today is designed to encourage people to talk as the number of domestic violence incidents increase during major football tournaments.

Dr Simon Larmer, the GP lead for safeguarding for the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘Football is known as the beautiful game, but it is scandalous that the result of a match can have such ugly consequences for so many people.

‘Sadly, during the World Cup we know that the NHS will be busy caring for people who have been injured by someone they should be able to trust – that cannot be acceptable.

‘There can be no excuse for domestic violence, and – win, lose or draw – it is essential that people simply do not tolerate such damaging behaviour.’

The News reported last week that police had seen an upturn in incidents of domestic violence after England lost their first game.