Speak up and stand up to domestic abuse this World Cup

Barnsley Council is committed to showing domestic abuse the red card as the 2018 FIFA World Cup begins this week.

We want to urge people through our Speak Up, Stand Up campaign to leave foul play on the pitch and make a stand together against domestic abuse, encourage reporting of such incidents and access a range of support for both victims and abusers.

Trends show an increase in factors during the tournament, such as alcohol consumption, emotional stress of the game - particularly during England matches, regardless of the result - and, in a minority of cases, this leads to violence or abusive behaviour against wives, husbands or partners.

Working with IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services), Inspire to Change and Barnsley Recovery Steps, support services are available for victims of domestic abuse and anyone who has concerns about drug and alcohol misuse or is worried about their behaviour towards a loved one.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet spokesperson for Communities, said: "We have a zero-tolerance approach towards domestic abuse and will work closely with IDAS, Inspire to Change and Barnsley Recovery Steps to ensure support is in place for those who need it most.

"We have a variety of specialist teams who will listen and provide advice on how to get out of an abusive situation. If you're experiencing domestic abuse, or know someone who might be, don't keep quiet about it."

IDAS added: "We welcome this opportunity to offer some robust and holistic working with partner agencies. We are committed to offering responses of support to professionals, self-referrals and family and friends who are seeking support and advice to stop domestic abuse."

Barnsley Recovery Steps said: "We offer a full range of services for people who may be concerned that their drug or alcohol use is affecting them or their family.

"Working together with our partners in Barnsley, we are committed to helping people to access support. This will aim to reduce the harm caused on individuals and families by problematic alcohol use."

Inspire to Change said: "We are a programme for men and women who have been abusive, controlling or violent towards their partner or family member.

"The course we offer combines learning and support tailored to an individual’s need. It is free for those who are motivated to make a change in their behaviour and work to improve their relationships.

"We recognise and welcome the need to work in partnership to address this complex and harmful behaviour, and commit to providing a professional and dedicated service in order to inspire positive changes to relationships throughout South Yorkshire."

Anyone who is worried about their relationship or needs support can call 03000 110 110 or visit www.idas.org.uk.

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger call 999 straight away. To report an instance of domestic abuse that has already happened, call 101.

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