With the World Cup coming to a close this weekend the rise in domestic abuse during the games has been brought to the forefront.
The National Centre for Domestic Violence has been raising awareness during the World Cup, after it emerged that instances increased by 25% after England Games at the 2010 tournament.
During the group stages the centre launched a new advert that sees a woman anxiously waiting in the kitchen as the sound of football commentary bleeds from the living room, before the TV set is abruptly switched off.
“Studies conducted by the National Centre for Domestic Violence, ACPO and the BBC revealed that during the 2010 World Cup cases of domestic violence rose by an average of 25% after an England match, win or lose,” it wrote alongside the video.
Police in Kent reported that officers responded to 21 extra incidents compared with the previous weekend when England lost 2-1 to Italy in its first game of the tournament.
Kent Police Detective Chief Inspector Andy Pritchard told the BBC; “Football doesn’t cause domestic abuse, but it can certainly be a factor that can compound it within certain relationships. We predicted that there would be an increase in domestic incidents during the tournament and we wanted people to report these incidents to the police, and to be confident about doing so.”
Family and mediation solicitor, David Kirkman, said; “This is an interesting report. It is hard to believe that football games can lead to domestic violence, but domestic violence is not always explainable. At Jordans we know how difficult it is to face dealing with domestic violence from current or former partners. If anyone is suffering from violence in the home they may feel trapped, but there is legal action that can be taken and our experienced team can help you apply to court for the orders you may need.”
If you’ve experienced the use or threat of domestic violence, whatever the time of year, call the NCVDV, on 0844 8044 999 or the police.
If you would like advice on your legal position call us on 01924 387110 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Despite cuts to legal aid it is still available for domestic violence suffers that wish to obtain a non-molestation order and we are happy to discuss this with you to see if you are eligible.