Domestic abuse increases when England lose a game, study confirms
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Users responded to the thread critically. They claimed that it was not right to name football as a cause for domestic violence.
If #ENG get beaten so will she.— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) July 11, 2018
Domestic violence increases 26% when #England play, 38% if they lose.
From the Not So Beautiful Game, J. Walter Thompson London for the National Centre for Domestic Violence#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/raHBWIjbgS
However, this campaign has not been engineered to point the finger at the sport, but rather in the aftermath of the alcohol consumption it may cause. Elle Magazine shared the story of a girl named only as ‘Lucy’, who along with her autistic 8-year-old brother, suffered abuse at the hands of their father after England’s defeat by Portugal in 2006. She was only 10 years old. After the match, her father went to the pub and returned hours later, directing his anger at his children. The most shocking thing about this case is the questions Lucy still asks. Why did nobody ever help? The shouting and crying must have been audible for their neighbours; and yet they did nothing.
The National Center for Domestic Violence campaign has also extended to other countries in the #WorldCup, including #Switzerland, #Japan, #Belgium and #France by portraying the flags of each country via blood and bruises on a woman’s face. pic.twitter.com/r9RNm1DRgc— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) July 11, 2018
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Image by Pathway ProjectWhat the National Centre for Domestic Violence is trying to do is to raise awareness of the behaviour that sometimes follows these matches. It is not to say that all football supporters act this way. Most of them don’t. But sadly the reality is that a small portion do, and their behaviour still affects thousands of people today. This can be seen as an opportunity to raise awareness, not just in the aftermath of a football match, but in general behaviour towards others as a result of all sports and the anger, it can sometimes produce. So be aware, and if there is a situation where a person is at risk and needs help, give it, you could make a big difference. This is why Lucy shared her story, in the hope that others might be helped or have the courage to speak out. Let’s stop this pattern and speak out against domestic abuse. What to do if you think someone may be experiencing domestic abuse The 24-Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline offers advice, along with their website, detailing ways in which you might be able to help if you suspect abuse. The NSPCC deals with abuse directed at children. Their helpline is available 24/7 0808 800 5000 Featured image courtesy of National Centre for Domestic Violence UK