Domestic abuse cases on the rise during the football season


8 July 2021

By Farhad Islam

Domestic abuse charities across the nation have been issuing warnings relating to the rise in domestic abuse cases happening linked to the current football matches.

The rise in Domestic abuses cases have spiked by 61 per cent since the March 2020 lockdown and March 2021, with the heightened excitement of England’s victory throughout the 2020 Euros, similar warnings and helpline numbers are being shared.

Football isn’t necessarily directly responsible for the rise in cases, but with alcohol commonly being associated with football matches, it often fuels the abusers into acting out.

In 2014, a study found that domestic abuse cases increased by 38% when England lose and by 26% when they drew or won.

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