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Kick It Out: Where do victims turn to for help?

Our specials on domestic violence around the World Cup are continuing with tips for victims of abuse and who they can turn to for help.

We heard from survivors of abuse yesterday who revealed the troubles they went through to get where they are today.

Refuges like West Mercia Women's Aid and The Haven in Wolverhampton are on hand to give advice to anyone with concerns or who need to get away. Jan Francis, from West Mercia Women's Aid, says there are certain events that see a rise in calls.

"There’s often a rise in domestic violence and domestic abuse when there’s high emotion and alcohol involved. It could apply to Christmas, it can apply to big sporting events, it really applies to anything where you’ve got more alcohol being drunk and people are feeling excited or disappointed. We are expected, as ever, more calls to the helpline during that time."

It's a similar case to what The Haven experiences as Hayley Edwards told Signal 107:

"There's longer licensing hours and because it's set overseas as well that time lapse...will mean longer drinking times and more alcohol is consumed. I'm not saying alcohol is a key reason behind domestic violence but it is often a trigger factor."

It's not just these charities that offer support though - our police forces should be the first call we make if we're in serious danger.

"There is generally a rise between 12% and 19% above normal reported levels to the police. Now, in some regard it's good news that it's coming to police attention which allows us a chance to intervene. It may not be easy, we will work with victims with agencies to support them."

Tournaments like the World Cup can leave victims walking on eggshells. Just like we can't predict the results of the games, victims can't predict when they might be abused.

"Win lose or draw, domestic violence can still take place. If they lose, the frustrations get taken out on the partner. If they win, again the violence can still kick in. So regardless of the outcome, it is still there" says Hayley Edwards from The Haven.

You can find a list of helpful links to support and advice here.

Listen to the full piece below and tune in later this week for more advice on how to get in touch with help and support groups.