Surrey

Victims of Euro 2012 domestic abuse urged to seek help

People in Surrey who become victims of domestic abuse during the Euro 2012 football tournament are being urged to seek help and support.

In 2010, Surrey County Council logged 37 incidents on the day England drew with Algeria in the World Cup - 61% higher than the previous week.

It expects to see a rise during the contest in Poland and Ukraine, especially if England perform poorly.

Surrey County Councillor Kay Hammond urged victims to come forward.

She added: "Poor England performances and defeats can hurt fans' pride but the shameful fact is they can be much more painful for the victims of domestic abuse."

"It's shocking that Surrey Police deal with so many domestic abuse incidents each year.

"There are excellent support services available , but we need to highlight this issue to ensure victims feel able to come forward and get the help they need."

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