Surge in domestic violence during World Cup football matches

Family|News|September 23rd 2013

Domestic violence jumps during when the England football team plays during the World Cup, new research reveals, with incidents increasing still further when the team loses.

Researchers from Lancaster University examined crime figures from the local police force, comparing those from the World Cups held in 2002, 2006, and 2010. They discovered a significant increase in the rate of violence within the home when the England team took to the pitch – by 26 per cent when team won or drew and by as much as 38 per cent when it lost.

An average of 79.3 incidents of domestic violence were reported to the police on the day of England matches, but only 58.2 on other days. There were also an average of 70.5 on the day following matches – an 11 per cent increase.

They conclude:

“The tournament is held in the summer and is associated with warmer temperatures, increased alcohol consumption and brings individuals in closer proximity to others. Although it is difficult to say the tournament is a causal factor, the prestigious tournament does concentrate the risk factors into a short and volatile period, thereby intensifying the concepts of masculinity, rivalry and aggression.”

The findings could help the development of new ways to combat violence in the home, the researchers claim, reducing “the misery of abused partners, as well as the children and family members.”

The study was published in the current issue of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

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  1. Tulsa Divorce Lawyer Matt Ingham says:

    I wonder what that is all about? Chalk it up to high emotions??

  2. JamesB says:

    I wouldn’t worry about it in 2014 then.

  3. Paul says:

    This gets trotted out every couple of years. I think Women’s Aid, bless them, had the bright idea of using an old report from the USA on DV during the Superbowl, and simply changed the names. I think the police regurgitate it too every so often, whenever they feel a need to top up the coffers or an over-ambitious chief constable lusts after his five minutes of glory to establish his candidacy for a knighthood. DV always goes down well with the politicians.

  4. Stitchedup says:

    I agree with Paul, the UK follows the USA in many ways. It is common knowledge in the US that false allegations of domestic violence and abuse of non-mols and protection orders occur on a frequent basis; even the Huffington Post has written an article about this:

    It’s a rather begrudging admission by Liz Mandarano who’s a self confessed Feminist and I disagree with some of her comments in particular with her belief that “these orders have saved countless from horrible mistreatment that would otherwise have occurred”. The truth is these orders are dished out willy nilly usually against men who were not abusers in the first place. There’s plenty of evidence of this and many in the American legal profession have voiced their concern…….e.g.:

    Elaine Epstein, former president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, admitted, “Everyone knows that restraining orders and orders to vacate are granted to virtually all who apply…In many cases, allegations of abuse are now used for tactical advantage.”

    • In Connecticut, attorney Arnold Rutkin charged that many judges view temporary restraining orders as a “rubber-stamping exercise” and that subsequent hearings “are usually a sham.”

    • In Missouri, a survey of judges and attorneys yielded many complaints of disregard for due process and noted that allegations of domestic violence were widely used as a “litigation strategy.”

    • In Illinois, an article in the state legal journal described legal allegations of abuse as “part of the gamesmanship of divorce.”

    • In California, the State Bar admits it is concerned that protective orders are “almost routinely issued by the court in family law proceedings even when there is relatively meager evidence and usually without notice to the restrained person … it is troubling that they appear to be sought more and more frequently for retaliation and litigation purposes.”

    I firmly believe that the same applies in the UK.

    An American organisation SAVE (Stop Abusive and Violent Environments) are tackling the issue of false allegations and have written several articles/reports on the Super Bowl myth e.g.:

  5. Paul says:

    My friend did voluntary work with children in a church. Some of them didn’t want to go home because of the fear they had of seeing their mum battered. That is domestic violence which I can understand and relate to, not the kind of superficial nonsense drummed up by those with a financial interest in the DV industry and who see an abuser in every man they come across. The family courts are just as bad here , dishing out the non-mols like Smarties on the one hand but suffering from convenient deafness when the occasional bloke has a complaint to make about a violent partner.

  6. JamesB says:

    Yeah, I tried to get a non mol once and they just laughed at me and said put in an application (£200 fee). If my ex had said that they would have heard her at least. They are sexist these places.

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