Lincolnshire Police anticipating rise in domestic abuse ahead of Euro 2024

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Lincolnshire Police says it is anticipating a rise in domestic abuse reports over the coming weeks as the Euro 2024 football tournament kicks off. The force is raising awareness of the support available for domestic abuse victims throughout the tournament which starts on Friday, June 14.

Lead for domestic abuse, Detective Chief Inspector Rachael Cox of Lincolnshire Police, says the tournament is a "potential risk period" for domestic abuse. She said: "There is absolutely no justification for abusive behaviour. We know that some people live in fear and this is totally unacceptable.

"For some, the anticipation of this tournament will bring an additional sense of foreboding. 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.

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"We also want to raise awareness generally that this is a potential risk period and if there is someone you have concerns for, let them know that your door is always open to them if they need an escape or support."

DCI Cox added: "Violence, abuse, controlling, coercive behaviours will not be tolerated. Take responsibility for your actions. Neither a game of football nor the alcohol you consume excuse or explain abusive behaviour in any way.

"You alone are responsible for your actions and we won’t hesitate to use our powers of arrest and seek Domestic Violence Protection Orders from the court to hold you accountable."

From June 14 to July 14, Lincolnshire Police have plans in place, including additional patrols, to reduce the risk of football associated crime and disorder. Superintendent Pat Coates said: "We expect pubs and bars will be busier than usual as people meet up to watch the games.

"What we are asking is that everyone take responsibility for your alcohol intake and your actions. Don’t spoil this for yourself or others. Expect firm, fair and friendly policing. We are not out to spoil your fun, but we will arrest you if needs be."

Domestic abuse help

  • Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Specialist Service (LDASS) offer information, advice and where eligible, specialist intervention support. You can make an online self-referral, or call 01522 510041 (office hours).

  • If you have concerns that a partner or ex is abusive, you can ask police under Clare’s Law if there is information they hold that means they may be a risk to you. This is also called the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. You can ask for yourself or someone else you are worried about.

  • Safe Spaces are consultation rooms you can use to find out about your options and the support available. They are there to give you sanctuary, away from the prying eyes of your abuser. Safe Spaces are available in pharmacies including Boots, Coop, Morrisons and Superdrug and now also at certain banks.

  • Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app providing support and information for anyone who may be in an abusive relationship, or those concerned about someone they know.

  • The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is always open: 0808 2000 247

  • Police are always open: call on 101 or 999 if it’s an emergency.