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The domestic violence rate increase was concerned during the world cup by women’s aid, a charity supporting survivors of domestic violence in the UK. They launched a campaign on 25 November to raise awareness of domestic abuse in football matches period. 


 


England football fans made it to zero arrest in the world cup for the first time ever. But the total amount of domestic abuse in England and Wales was unknown. 


 


Research from the University of Lancaster showed domestic abuse would increase by 38% when England loses football matches. It would be 26% higher when the team wins or draws.


 


Farah Nazeer, chief executive of Women’s Aid said: “While domestic abuse is not caused by football, we know existing abuse can become more severe or frequent during big tournaments.”


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A study from Warwick Business School found that abuse and violence by partners increased by 47 percent on the day England won a World Cup or European Championship match, domestic abuse remained higher than average on the day after a tournament win, 18% of the cases involved alcohol.


 


Women’s Aid research recently found that nearly a quarter of UK adults believe it is acceptable for sports crowds to sing rude chants about women, the most popular reason being when it’s said as a joke.


Emma, a survivor of domestic abuse, said: “I always dreaded the football season, for my ex it was another ‘excuse’ to get off his face on cocaine and drink too much. He would tell me it’s what the lads do. For him it was fun for me it was fear.” 


Survivors could get help from Women’s Aid Live Chat or email [email protected] for help. Survivors can always get help from their local support. Do not hesitate to get help. 


 


 


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