Now that the lid has been blown off the whole telly sport sexism issue, it remains to be seen if the ripples from all this will enter into other areas of daily life. Unhappily a lengthy report has reached us suggesting that February is the prime time not for sexism alone but Domestic Violence.
The Christmas credit card bills are thudding on the mat along with rocketing utilities, food and transport costs. The children want new shoes, clothes , toys, computers. the list is endless. What we are asking is that if you see any outwards signs, that something isn't quite right (and without putting yourself in harms way) see if you can offer support or advice. Children attending school.Do your friends look pale, drawn, a few bruises maybe?
Trust me the childrens charity NSPCC have mountains of case files on domestic violence and acts of child cruelty that make hardened case workers weep. It could well be the worst cases are shielded behind the font doors of posh houses, well manicured gardens and a smart new car in the driveway.
Domestic Violence (and in many cases it is a form of illness or conditioning) is no respector of class, status, creed or religion. It is sadly rapidly increasing. For children wanting to talk discreetly to a trained counsellor the number is Childline 0800 1111 write it down on a few slips of paper and if you see anyone who could use the support give them the number or log on to the website and message boards.
In urgent cases call Police, or discreetly inform Crimestoppers, you won't be wasting time, it is exactly what they are there for. Simply all such calls are important. Do the right thing, don't ignore it. Please.