National statistics show that there is an increase in domestic violence incidents during competitive international events. The exact reason for this is unclear as there are a number of factors that could affect the increase such as alcohol, hot weather and increased tensions between partners as to what they may wish to watch on TV.
A study at Lancaster University showed that attacks were 26% more likely if the National team won or drew and 38 % more likely if they lost.
What is domestic violence?
This is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse against an intimate partner or family member. This can include psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse.
Who are the victims of domestic abuse?
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. There are certain characteristics that mean victims are more likely to be abused. Women are much more likely to be victims particularly if they are young and on a low income. Domestic violence is also higher amongst those that have separated.
Children are also at risk of domestic violence. 140,000 children live in households where there is high risk domestic abuse and 62% of children living with domestic violence are directly harmed by the perpetrator as well as suffering harm by witnessing abuse.
Football does not cause domestic violence nor does alcohol but there can be heightened emotions during such sporting events that can lead to abuse.
Across the country police and domestic violence organisations are raising awareness of the increased risk of domestic violence and urging people to act responsibly during the competition.