In June, Calan DVS wrote about our fears of increased levels of domestic violence during the Football World Cup. As the Autumn Rugby Internationals are due to begin on November 8th, we feel that we must highlight the potential increase in reports of domestic violence once again.
A study in London during the 2010 football World Cup, showed that incidents of domestic violence increased by 27.7 % when England won a match, and 31.5% when England lost a match. Wales have carved themselves a formidable reputation as a winning team, but sadly, no matter the results of a rugby match, a significant increase in domestic violence is expected.
Campaigns from the Welsh Government and South Wales Police have attempted to tackle the increase of domestic violence incidents around sporting events, using radio advertising, billboards, posters, and more, but police reports show that domestic violence incidents increase year after year.
More needs to be done to raise awareness of the help and support available to those affected by domestic violence and abuse, as well creating positive role models in the sporting community that will advocate healthy and positive relationships, sending a clear message that domestic violence and abuse is completely unacceptable.
During the forthcoming Autumn Internationals, we encourage everyone to share in the national pride of our team, but to be aware of the increased risk of domestic violence, and to ‘Make a stand’ if they suspect a friend or loved one is experiencing domestic violence.
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.