‘Leave the striking to the players’ and ‘Blow the whistle on domestic abuse’ these are the billboard messages being publicised by Police Forces throughout the UK ahead of and during The World Cup 2014.
A study undertaken by Dr Stuart Kirby, of Lancaster University, has identified a significant increase in the reports of domestic violence whilst the World Cup tournaments are taking place. During the 2010 World Cup, reported domestic abuse was up by 28% when England won and 32% when they lost. Similar statistics from previous years show that the number of reported incidents is increasing tournament upon tournament.
Contributing factors to the raise in incidents during the tournament are:
- The high level of alcohol consumed;
- The emotional stress of the game;
- The general competitiveness and testosterone involved with sport.
The message is ‘it’s just a game’ and no one should have to suffer physically as a consequence.
If you are in this situation you should seek the help and advice of a solicitor who will be able to act quickly to obtain a non molestation order, protecting you from future physical harm. There is also the option of obtaining an exclusion order that ensures you and any children are protected by removing the perpetrator from the home.
For more information and advice on domestic violence or any other family issues, please contact Shelley Chesworth in our Family team on 0161 475 7622.