Lambeth Council and the Met Police have teamed up to warn of the increase in domestic abuse during the Euro 2016 football tournament.
In a joint meaage, the leader of the council Cllr Lib Peck and Chief Inspector Nick Collins say: “Let’s be clear – major sporting events like EURO 2016 aren’t responsible for domestic abuse – people are. We will not tolerate domestic abuse – it’s a serious crime and a straight red card. So, our message is that if you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse,tell someone, preferably the police but please tell someone so we can help you.”
Research shows that heightened emotions and increased alcohol consumption during major sporting events often leads to an increase in domestic abuse.
Lambeth is one of the first councils in the UK to have developed and deliver a service specifically addressing all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls under one roof – the Gaia centre which aims to prevent violence by changing attitudes, making sure perpetrators are brought to justice and provides support for victims. Lambeth is committed to continuing this pioneering work which has been widely recognised and praised.
Cllr Peck and Chief Inspector Collins said: “Lambeth is a great place to have a good time but there’s a fine line between having fun and being a nuisance – or worse, a threat – to others.”
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