A KEIGHLEY charity is urging people to speak out about domestic abuse during the football World Cup.

DVS, together with partner charity Staying Put, says incidents traditionally rise when the tournament is on.

"We know there is a link between the World Cup and domestic violence – sadly the combination of high emotions and alcohol can increase the likelihood of abuse," said spokesman Yasmin Khan.

"We would urge anyone who feels vulnerable or threatened to ask for help. We'd also encourage people to look out for their friends and neighbours and be aware of any signs of abuse.

"We'll be increasing our work with West Yorkshire Police during key World Cup games. We want people to know that help is available – you don't have to suffer in silence."

Figures show that in some areas, calls regarding domestic abuse as much as double during football tournaments.

But many more incidents go unreported. According to research, the average victim will suffer over 50 times before they tell anyone.

Anybody who feels that they, or another person, is in immediate danger should call the police on 999.

A Staying Put and DVS freephone helpline operates weekdays on 0808 2800999.

And there is also a national domestic violence helpline, open 24 hours a day, on 0808 2000 247.

The World Cup begins on Thursday, with England playing its first match next Monday.