Rise in Domestic Violence Linked to World Cup

With the World Cup in Brazil less than a month away, many will be predicting the chances of England lifting the Jules Rimet. However, along with the action on the pitch, warnings have been issued that the start of the competition could see the start of a peak in domestic violence cases.

Previous research which analysed figures compiled by one police force in England during the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments found that incidents of domestic violence increased when England played, compared to days when they did not play.

According to the analysis of the figures, there was an increase in reported domestic violence cases, exceeding 30 percent, when England played and lost during the tournaments; with the figure falling to an increase of 26 percent when England played and either won or drew.

The figures also revealed that cases of domestic violence were still 11 percent higher the day after England played; whilst cases of domestic violence increased within each tournament.

During the 2002 World Cup tournament, there were on average 64 cases of domestic violence, compared to 99 during the 2010 World Cup.

Whilst the analysis has suggested a rise in domestic violence cases during World Cup tournaments; for those who find themselves the victim of domestic abuse it is important that you report it to the authorities, to ensure that it can be stopped and dealt with straight away, and because we are aware that reporting such matters can be emotional and difficult, we are on hand to offer advice, support and guidance.

Our family law specialists offer a confidential consultation, enabling you to discuss your situation and find out what you can do about it, and what steps can be taken to protect you and your family – and we will cover every option available to you, to ensure you are able to make an informed decision.

To find out how we can help you with your family law matters, contact our team today.