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Domestic abuse expected to rise during Euros 2024 in Lincolnshire sparking awareness campaign





Authorities are bracing for a surge in domestic abuse during the Euro 2024 football tournament — and have launched a campaign to support victims.

Lincolnshire Police and partnering agencies are taking proactive measures to address the concerning trend revealed by a Lancaster University study, which showed a notable increase in domestic violence incidents during major sporting events.

Lincolnshire's statistics show a noticeable uptick in reported incidents of domestic abuse during the last tournament.

Domestic abuse rises noticeably during major football tournaments.
Domestic abuse rises noticeably during major football tournaments.

On match days involving the England team, there was an average increase of 12% in reported incidents — and these persisted into the following day.

These statistics underscore the correlation between major sporting events and domestic abuse incidents.

Detective Chief Inspector Rachael Cox, leading domestic abuse efforts within Lincolnshire Police, stressed that abusive behaviour, especially during events like the Euros, is unjustifiable.

The police are stepping up awareness ahead of the tournament.
The police are stepping up awareness ahead of the tournament.

“For some, the anticipation of this tournament will bring an additional sense of foreboding,” she said.

“We want to reach those people with the message that we are here for you. Furthermore, we want you to know that regardless of if you chose to come to us, there is help and support available.”

Partnering with LDASS and the Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Partnership, authorities aim to raise awareness and provide essential support to those affected.

DCI Rachael Cox
DCI Rachael Cox

Ann Canter of LDASS reassured individuals that confidential assistance and guidance are available, stressing: "You’re not alone."

A campaign will highlight support options, including online referrals, Clare’s Law inquiries, and Safe Spaces in select places.

Additionally, the Bright Sky mobile app offers resources for individuals in abusive relationships or those concerned about others.

With a focus on prevention and intervention, authorities underscore the importance of community support in combating domestic abuse.

Residents are encouraged to engage with the campaign on social media and familiarise themselves with available support services.

Elsewhere, the force has also revealed plans to step up its drink-driving campaigns during the tournament.

Victims of domestic abuse are urged to seek help as soon as possible.

LDASS offers information, advice, and specialist intervention support. Contact LDASS at 01522 510041 or make an online referral.

If you suspect your partner or ex is abusive, ask about Clare’s Law to assess potential risks. Safe Spaces provide consultation rooms for confidential support, available in select pharmacies and banks.

Download Bright Sky for assistance and resources.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is open at 0808 2000 247.

In emergencies, always dial 101 or 999 for immediate assistance.



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