It’s time to team up against domestic abuse

This year, White Ribbon Day (Friday 25 November 2022) falls during the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup – a time when incidents of domestic abuse and violence increase

Nov 24 2022

Whether you are concerned about your own behaviour, are experiencing abuse or are worried about someone's behaviour or welfare, help is available. 

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Services and Public Health, said: “A major sporting event like the World Cup is an exciting time for most people, but sadly, the reality is that during these competitions there’s often a spike in domestic abuse and violence. With both the World Cup and White Ribbon Day happening in the same week, there has never been a better time for us to come together and start playing as a team to end abuse. 

“If you’re concerned about the welfare of a friend, family member, neighbour or colleague, or the behaviour of someone you know, I urge you to contact Hampshire Domestic Abuse services. People experiencing abuse - both victims and perpetrators - often struggle to reach out and get the help they so desperately need, so it’s vital that others speak up, if they can. Making a single phone call could make all the difference to someone’s safety and wellbeing.” 

The County Council commissions a range of services from the Hampton Trust and Stop Domestic Abuse who work closely with individuals, families, the police and many other organisations to tackle abuse and create safer communities. 

How to get help 

  • If you or someone you know is affected by domestic abuse, seek help. Call the Hampshire Domestic Abuse advice line on 03300 165112 
  • If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you can’t speak and are calling on a mobile, press 55 to have your call transferred to the police. Find out how to call the police when you can’t speak.  
  • If you’re concerned about your behaviour towards someone else, help is also available. Call the Hampton Trust on 023 8000 9898 

Based on previous men’s football World Cups, research shows that domestic violence increases by more than a third when England loses a game and by around a quarter when they win. 

Wearing the white ribbon stands for never taking part in, condoning or staying silent about violence against women and girls. People are encouraged to wear the white ribbon for sixteen days of action starting on White Ribbon Day, on 25 November, to support and highlight that pledge.