Domestic Violence Claims Rise Following England World Cup Football Matches

Published: 30th September 2013

New research conducted by Lancaster University has shown that domestic violence claims rise on the day of England football matches at World Cups - and rise even further if England loses. The number of claims was monitored across the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups. This highlighted that when comparing match days to an average day, domestic abuse claims increased by 26% when the England national team won or drew at a World Cup Tournament, and increased even more to 38% when they lost. The day after an England match also saw an increase of 11% above the average number of domestic violence incidents reported.

The research was published in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency and was conducted by Dr Stuart Kirby, Rosalie O'Flaherty and Professor Brian Francis of Lancaster University, with help of the Lancashire Constabulary. Evidence suggests that the average number of domestic violence incidents was 79.3 on a match day when compared to 58.2 on the days when the England team didn't play.

On the day following an England game, the number of incidents was again high, at an average of 70.5 reported cases, with the number rising even further if the team played over a weekend.
A member of Lancashire Constabulary was quoted in the report as saying, "The World Cup appears a reason for many to party, however delight and expectation can turn into despair and conflict with the kick of a ball."

The report also highlighted that the number of incidents increased in frequency with every tournament with an average of 99 incidents in 2010 compared to 64 in 2002. The team behind the research think that there could be several reasons behind the increase. "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 purpose of the study was to try and find new ways to tackle domestic violence and to reduce the emotional strain on abused partners, children and family members. K J Smith Solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with domestic violence claims and our team are on hand to offer help and expert advice on all family law matters. Contact our team today on 01491 630000 (Henley on Thames), 0118 418 1000 (Reading) or 020 7070 0330 (London) or email info@kjsmith.co.uk.

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