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Extra support for domestic abuse victims during European championships

Written by on 11 June 2021

The European Championships get underway tonight and Cheshire East Council and their partners are reminding people affected by domestic abuse they’re not alone.

In 2014, a study found that reported cases of intimate partner violence increased 38 per cent when England lost and by 26 per cent when they won or drew during the World Cup.

Support is on offer from a number of services including a live web chat hosted by Cheshire Police that takes place next Wednesday.

Domestic abuse specialists will be on hand to answer queries or concerns.

Meanwhile extra police officers will be on patrol on the streets and town centres in Staffordshire during the tournament.

Police bosses say that while they want people to enjoy themselves they need to stress that Covid restrictions remain in place and pubs and bars showing the games will be working hard to keep people safe.

They also want to remind anyone intending to have a drink to make sure they leave their car keys at home, plan ahead and book a taxi home.

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