Domestic violence and abuse during Euros 2024

Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, includes physical, emotional, and sexual harm in couple relationships or between family members. 

During major football tournaments like Euros 2024, there can be more incidents of domestic abuse. Research shows that domestic abuse can go up by 38% after big games, no matter if the team wins or loses. While football doesn’t cause domestic abuse, it can make existing abuse happen more often and become more severe.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic abuse, it’s important to seek help. Local organisations that can offer support include:

  • Domestic Abuse Support Service (DASS): This service offers community-based support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse of any gender identity and sexual orientation in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough. You can contact DASS at freephone 0300 373 1073 or email
  • Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service (IDVA Service): This service helps survivors at high risk of harm with one-to-one support in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Professionals can refer people to this service.

For more information, visit Cambridgeshire County Council DASV Partnership - Home and Victim Services | Domestic Abuse.

National organisations that can offer support include:

  • Women's Aid website - Live chat
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 (run by Refuge) - website
  • The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327 (run by Respect) - website
  • The Mix, free information and support for under 25s in the UK – 0808 808 4994 - website
  • National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 (run by Galop) - website
  • Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123 - website 
  • Rights of Women advice lines, there are a range of services available - website

If you or someone you know is in danger and needs immediate help, always call the police on 999.

Published: Jun 28, 2024