Police have revealed the shocking extent of the surge in domestic violence when England play in the World Cup as they promise to support victims and tackle abusers.

Throughout the tournament Police will be sharing details of the support available to perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse so they can seek help.

Police also want to highlight the common signs of an abusive relationship so that everyone is aware what to look out for and help family and friends who might be suffering from domestic abuse, get the support they need.

According to research by the Royal Statistical Society, the number of domestic abuse reports rises by as much as 32 per cent if England lose in international tournaments and 28 per cent if they win.

But many more people could be suffering in silence, with research showing that the average victim will suffer in excess of 50 incidents before they tell anyone.

Domestic abuse does not have to be a physical act, it can also be psychological, emotional, sexual or financial. We are keen to warn those who treat their partners this way that there will be serious consequences for their actions.

Abusing anyone, whether during the World Cup or not, may lead to arrest, charge and orders being sought, prohibiting them from returning home to continue that abuse.

Major sporting events like the World Cup do not themselves cause domestic abuse. However, some people drink too much alcohol which, when combined with the high emotions during and after matches, can increase the risk of unnecessary abuse.

The evidence clearly shows an increase in reports of domestic abuse during football tournaments. Win or lose, the heightened emotions, excitement and disappointment fuelled by excess alcohol, is often a volatile mix and can have a devastating impact on victims, families and particularly children.

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