November well and truly marks the start of winter in the UK. As well as all the other things we look forward to at this time of year, we also have an exciting season of sport to look forward to with the Autumn Rugby Internationals.
There is no denying that Wales is a country of rugby lovers, and international matches are often a matter of national pride, and something that creates opportunities to come together to support a common cause. However, statistics show that reports of domestic violence greatly increase surrounding large sporting events, such as the World Cup and the Six Nations. Police reports show that incidents of domestic violence have steadily increased during each football World Cup in 2002, 2006, and 2010, as well increasing considerably during the Six Nations tournament. For example, when Wales played England in 2012, South Wales Police recorded a 76% increase in incidents compared to the previous weekend.
The Welsh rugby team have developed a great reputation over the past few years, producing great wins against tough teams, but that does not mean the potential for violence dissipates following a winning result. The reports for domestic violence are shown to increase surrounding sporting events, regardless of the home team winning. However, reports of domestic violence can rise by an extra 10% when the home team loses.
Says Rhian Bowen-Davies, CEO of Calan DVS, "Domestic violence and abuse remains an issue which can have a devastating effect on individuals, children and young people, families and society as a whole."
We encourage anyone who has been threatened with, or is experiencing any form of domestic abuse at any time of the year 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.