Fears are growing that the forthcoming football competition in Brazil will see the highest ever World-Cup related rises in domestic violence across the UK.
Incidents and reports of domestic violence readily increase surrounding large sporting events (we have highlighted the increase in domestic violence during the Six Nations in a previous blog post), and police reports of domestic violence has increased during the previous three World Cup tournaments in 2002, 2006, and 2010.
Women’s Aid have now teamed up with the Premier League, and BT Sport, to launch a new campaign working with football clubs, players, organisations, and fans, to help raise awareness of increased domestic violence at this time. The campaign will encourage people to send a clear message that domestic violence is completely unacceptable, and actively raise awareness of the support available to those affected. The campaign hopes to create positive role models in the football community, encouraging healthy and positive relationships.
The Welsh football team is not competing in the World Cup, however, that in no way means that domestic violence in the area will not increase surrounding the tournament. Different people follow a variety of different teams, more than one of which may be included in the tournament, and research suggests that domestic violence is more prevalent around sporting events, even when the home teams win. However, domestic violence can rise by an extra 10% when the home team loses.
We encourage anyone who has been threatened with, or is experiencing any form of domestic abuse, at any time of the year, not just during the World Cup tournament, to call us on 01639 633580 for support and information. If you are unsafe always call 999. You can also call the All Wales Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 8010800.