You could hear the shouts and chants of ‘three lions’ on Wednesday evening following England’s roaring success in reaching the Final of the Euros 2021. It was a night to behold – the first time since 1966 the national team had reached a football final. For many people, it is a time of national pride and positivity, but there is a seriously dark side to these tournaments that we must not forget.
We all know domestic violence isn’t seasonal – for some, domestic violence is a part of someone’s day to day life, but when you add alcohol and a team’s loss to the mix of already questionable behaviour, the outlook is not pretty.
Back in 2013, Lancaster University produced a report into domestic abuse cases reported to Lancaster Police during the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups. This report found that domestic violence increased by 38% on days when England lost, and by 26% when England won or drew. Whilst we are talking about the Euros here and not the World Cup, the statistics still stand and speak for themselves.
According to a violent crime report published by the Office for National Statistics in 2018, 39% of domestic violence cases showed the perpetrator of such abuse was under the influence of alcohol.
Domestic abuse charities across the nation are preparing themselves for an influx of reports on Monday, and as a leading team in domestic violence work in Lincolnshire, we too are prepared.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence and have not sought help, or if you fear that this weekend’s sporting events will exacerbate an already difficult situation – please seek help.