The world cup is now upon us and our surroundings are covered in flags. Many are excited, apprehensive and in good spirits about the world cup. However sadly along with cheers and patriotism, there will be a large spike in the numbers of people subjected to domestic violence. The numbers will vary depending on the result of the match. Lancaster University found that during the 2014 World cup, domestic abuse increased in Lancashire by a staggering 38% when England lost. When England won or drew they rose by 26%. The day after England played there was again an increase by 11% compared to days when England were not playing.
In 2010 it was reported that in Kent there was a 25% increase in the number of domestic violence related incidents which prompted a campaign ad to be launched by The National Centre for Domestic Violence. This advert shows a woman making a cup of tea in her kitchen, listening nervously the commentary coming from the living room, then the match finishes and the TV is turned off. the 25% increase stats are shown.
Since 2010 there have been a number of campaigns to raise public awareness. Police across the country release campaigns in preparation, yet we still see this tragic increase.
On 14th June 2018 the Suffolk Constabulary released the following :
Spreading awareness is a very important tool but so its looking out for one another. Together we can say no to domestic abuse.
If you have concerns or worries about your relationship or that of a friend or family member, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.