Police in England and Wales have issued warnings to those with histories of domestic violence ahead of the World Cup, due to start this week.
Evidence from past competitions shows that rates of domestic violence increase dramatically during and after games regardless of the result. In one area of the UK violence rose by 38% when England lost but also by 26% when they won.
Several forces are also running campaigns against violence linked to the World Cup. For example in Lancashire posters can be seen on Billboards telling people to “Leave the Striking to the Players.”
The increase in violence is likely to be as a result of high tensions around games but also increased use of alcohol which often goes hand in hand with high levels of violence.
Domestic abuse in any form is never acceptable and if you are the victim of abuse please contact us for advice as to how to protect yourself and your children.