FBC Manby Bowdler is backing a campaign by Women’s Aid to raise awareness of help available to victims of domestic violence, with incidents expected to rise during the World Cup.
Associate Kate Rowley said “More than 6,000 crimes of domestic violence were reported during the Euro 2020 tournament and there will be women this weekend living in fear of the final whistle.
“We are highlighting the sources of help available to women in the West Midlands, Shropshire and Worcestershire region. It’s possible that in families where abuse is rife that sometimes people are fleeing with nothing - no bag, no toothbrush, no clothes.
“What we’re also concerned about is the time is it taking to get court hearings in applications for protective orders which means victims in some cases are effectively forced to continue living in a dangerous situation or in an abusive home. It sometimes takes the Court weeks to process applications which is not good enough in this situation”
The Haven in Wolverhampton can be contacted 24 hours a day on 08000 194 400
West Mercia Women’s Aid for people living in Shropshire can be contacted on 0800 783 1359 and in Worcestershire, 0800 980 331
Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service is also available for those looking for support on 0300 303 1191
Black Country Women’s Aid can be contacted on 0121 553 0090.
The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline is on 0808 2000 247.