Ahead of big autumn of sport calls made to end domestic violence
AS the eye of the sporting world turns its eye to Wales, a call has been made to tackle a rise in domestic violence linked to sporting events.
Every year there is a rise in the number of incidents reported around the time of sporting events.
After this weekend’s football derby and ahead of the rugby Autumn international series starting in Cardiff next weekend, the Welsh Government have launched a campaign to ensure any raised tempers stay on the pitch.
The Minister for Local Government and Government Business, Lesley Griffiths has launched the campaign to promote an anti-violence message and highlight the work of the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline.
A similar campaign, which was run during last year’s Six Nations tournament, led to an increase in calls of almost 10 per cent on the previous year.
Mrs Griffiths said: “Violence against women and domestic abuse has no place in modern society and can never be justified.
“The Welsh Government is determined to tackle all forms of violence against women and domestic abuse and this campaign is part of the ongoing work we are doing to tackle these issues.”
She said with the Rugby League world cup games and the Rugby Union internationals she wanted to offer a timely reminder over the next few weeks that violence will not be tolerated.
“No matter the result and no matter how much alcohol has been drunk, violence against women and domestic abuse is a crime which will not be tolerated,” she said.
To contact the helpline call 0808 80 10 800 for confidential, bilingual, 24-hour information.