Kick It Out: A chat between two domestic violence victims
We are continuing our week of news specials concerning domestic violence and the World Cup with a frank conversation between two domestic violence victims.
Yesterday, we heard that cases of violence against partners rose on the day of England’s exit from the 2010 tournament.
Colleen was in an abusive relationship for years, while Steve was also attacked by an ex-partner, as well as also admitting to being a football troublemaker in the past – the pair sat down and discussed their experiences together.
“I’m looking forward to the World Cup… and yet there’s going to be some women round this country who are sitting on tenterhooks, walking on eggshells, and generally downright scared just because of the result of a football match,” admits Steve. “Don’t use it as an excuse to go home and beat the living bells out of your partner who you’re meant to be in love with and to support.”
“Those days were horrendous for me,” recalls Colleen. “You never knew what was going to happen, what was coming back through the door, whether you were going to end up in hospital that day or you were going to run away. It was a pure living hell.”
You can listen to the full piece below, as well as more from them later on this week.
You can also click here for links to groups who are available to help.