Whilst the Nation has been gripped with World Cup fever after England’s impressive run to the semi finals, an important issue has emerged with a campaign and research raising awareness about domestic violence during the 2018 World Cup.
It was published by a domestic violence charity who wanted to draw attention to this issue while all of our eyes were firmly fixed on the sport. The figure was taken from research done by academics at Lancaster University back in 2013
. It found that the number of domestic abuse cases reported to one English police force – Lancaster – during the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups (there is currently no data from 2014) rose by 38% on the days when England lost, and 26% when the team won or drew a match. The study even found an 11% increase the day after an England match. While the study only looked at one police force's figures, others around the country have since joined the conversation, imploring people to "give domestic violence the red card", because they too saw an increase in calls during the last World Cup.
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