Say NO to violence during Euro 2012

By on 07/06/2012 in Cllr McKay, News

Birmingham Community Safety Partnership launched its Euro 2012 campaign today ( June 7).  The campaign is aimed at encouraging individuals to drink sensibly and stay safe during the tournament.

The Partnership developed the campaign in conjunction with a number of local agencies including West Midlands Police, Birmingham Drug and Alcohol Action Team and pubs/bars in local communities to send out a clear message that violence will not be tolerated and a hard line will be taken against perpetrators.

The campaign covers a number of key issues including domestic abuse and alcohol related violence – both of which are likely to rise during key football tournaments as a result of the increased amount of alcohol which will be consumed -the day England were knocked out of the 2006 World Cup saw the largest number of reported domestic abuse incidents on any day in the last decade.

There is also an expected increase in the number of people drinking at home during this period due to the widely available offers on alcohol at major supermarkets, suggesting potential increases in neighbour related noise and anti-social behaviour issues and domestic abuse.

The Partnership is actively encouraging anyone who will be watching the matches in the city's bars and pubs to drink sensibly and stay out of trouble. The campaign will warn offenders that football banning orders will be issued to those who commit crime during Euros season.

The campaign posters also raise awareness of how to report domestic violence and support services available in the city to victims of domestic abuse.

Cllr James McKay, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City said: “We know that relationships that are already abusive or violent can escalate further during occasions such as Euro 2012.

“There is never an excuse for abusive behaviour and victims need to remember that they are never to blame. Our advice to anyone who is experiencing abuse is to approach the police or any of Birmingham's support agencies. The Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid Helpline can offer help and advice on 0800 0732 606.

“We want everyone across the city to enjoy the football, but are urging people to drink sensibly and stay out of trouble. I would also ask anyone who is enjoying the football at home to think of their neighbours and be considerate of others.”

The messages that violence and domestic abuse will not be tolerated are now on display on posters in pubs and bars in male and female toilets, outside supermarkets, on trains and buses, at bus stops and at train stations across the city.

ENDS

1.    Please contact Natasha Bhandal, Public Reassurance & Communications Manager, for more media information on 0121 303 8727.

2.    Birmingham Community Safety Partnership is a joint partnership between Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and other agencies that work together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour that affects our communities.

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