Refuge chief executive Sandra Horley said it was important to recognise that domestic abuse happens every day of the year, and is not caused by football.
Speaking as a police forces across the UK launched campaigns encouraging victims to speak out, she said:
"It's important to be clear - football does not cause domestic violence. Lots of men who abuse women have no interest in sport whatsoever, and many men who are avid football fans never lay a finger on their partners.
"Domestic violence happens all year round - whether the England football team is playing or not. [...]
"The police should be encouraging women to reach out for support every day of the year, not just during the World Cup."
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