Topics for this month:

World Cup 2018:

Researchers from Lancaster University studied incidents of domestic abuse during the World Cup matches in 2002, 2006 and 2010, and found a 38% rise on days when the England team played and lost, and a 26% rise when England won or drew. In 2016, BBC Radio 4 covered this issue during their ‘Thinking Allowed’ programme and a researcher from the University of Chester spoke about her findings which included that her study revealed that women endured a range of harms, including physical, sexual and economic abuse as well as coercive and controlling behaviours. While the abuse wasn’t limited to sport, sport was a means through which their fanatical partners exerted power and maintained control over them.

To raise awareness of domestic abuse, anti-social behaviour and racist abuse, Suffolk police have designed posters which may help if we need to help individuals or sign post them to relevant help and support.

Sign posting:

Website and also a 24 hour National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline:0808 2000 247

Click here for more information;

Click here form more information;

Women’s Aid have created this website to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to them

Updated Bullying Definition

A YouGov poll revealed that 72% of GB children, aged 13-17 years, agreed that the definition of ‘bully’ should be updated. After campaigning by the Diana Award, Google, Collins,, Oxford Dictionaries and the Cambridge Dictionary, have changed their definition of bullying.

The original definition described bullies as being ‘strong’ and their victims being ‘weak’, but the new definition instead, highlights ‘vulnerabilities’.

Original definition: Bully – A person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.

New definition: Bully – A person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate whose who, they perceive as vulnerable.