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Clampdown on Euro 2012 violence in Burnley
12:50pm Friday 15th June 2012 in News
A CAMPAIGN to clamp down on domestic violence during Euro 2012 has been launched by Burnley Community Partnership.
Evidence suggests there is an increase in domestic violence during football tournaments and the campaign urges victims not to suffer in silence.
The countywide Safer Lancashire ‘handled with care’ campaign aims to highlight the impact domestic abuse can have on women and children and encourages victims to get help.
Louise Howorth, Burnley domestic violence co-ordinator, said: “During the 2010 World Cup campaign, Burnley SafeNet domestic violence helpline had a significant rise in calls from victims, seeing a 38 per cent increase in calls for support. In contrast, police callouts to domestic violence incidents in Burnley did not increase.
“This increase in calls to SafeNet may have been a direct result of the awareness-raising work during the campaign, which encouraged victims to seek help sooner. We are aiming to have the same success during the Euro 2012.”
To talk to a support worker, call or text Burnley Safenet helpline on 07866 510728 between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday.