Eastleigh police will be supporting the Friday Night Football Five Aside Tournament taking place at Fleming Park this week.
Organising the event, Annette Macnamara from the Community Safety Partnership said “One of the main reasons for this event is to raise awareness of the link between domestic abuse and football competitions such as the European Championships. We know historically there is an increase in domestic violence on football match days, in some case this has led to an increase in reports of up to 30% when England have played.”
Volunteers from the Eastleigh Domestic Violence Forum will be at the event to raise awareness and be available to discuss concerns and provide advice. You can speak to a volunteer in confidence by phoning the free 24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247. The Expect Respect campaign asks teenagers and young people to both Expect Respect and give respect in their relationships. Find out more on the Hideout website, run by Women’s Aid.
The campaign aims to reduce the serious assaults, injuries and deaths that could result from the carrying of weapons. As part of the campaign, we are actively engaging with the community to reduce both gun and knife incidents – and stop them from happening in the first place.
PCSO Ben Housley from the Eastleigh Central team said “Young people are interested in this subject area, so FAKE is a great engagement tool and it has been really successful in schools & colleges. The programme comes with a serious message and that is simply – Guns & knives ruin lives”
Other agencies will also be present at the event to offer advice on topics such as preventing alcohol & drug misuse and sexual health.
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