You might have heard in the news recently how campaigners are using the FIFA men’s World Cup to raise awareness of domestic abuse. Karbon Homes Community Safety Manager, Laurie Edmundson, tells us how Karbon supports the movement.

“Research earlier this year shows a direct link between high-profile sports events and reported cases of domestic abuse. Occasions like the World Cup can bring about an increased consumption of alcohol, gambling as well as heightened emotions and a disruption to our usual routine, all of which are factors that can lead to an increase in domestic abuse.

“A vast majority of football fans up and down the country will enjoy the World Cup with family and friends, but for many women and children living with domestic abuse it will bring a sense of fear, nervousness and even violence.

“In fact, many campaigners have highlighted how, during previous tournaments, the number of domestic abuse incidents reported to the Police rose by more than 10% across the UK. I am saddened to say the World Cup could see reports increase further.”

How to recognise domestic abuse

Does your partner, ex-partner or someone you live with:

  • cut you off from family and friends and intentionally isolate you?
  • bully, threaten, or control you?
  • take control of your finances?
  • monitor or limit your use of technology?
  • physically and/or sexually abuse you?

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include:

  • coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
  • economic abuse
  • online abuse
  • threats and intimidation
  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse

Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

“If there is one message that I want to shout out to anyone reading this, that would be all forms of domestic abuse are not acceptable in any situation.

“If you’re experiencing domestic abuse and feel frightened of, or controlled by, a partner, an ex-partner or family member, it’s important to remember that it’s not your fault and there is no shame in seeking help.

“It may seem like a difficult step to take, but there is help and support available. Karbon have a specialised team of officers who can work with our customers as well as signpost to other agencies out there who want to help to keep you safe. Remember you are not alone.”

You can find more information on domestic abuse, including how we can help you and other support available, at