VIOLENCE INCREASES DURING THE WORLD CUP
What you need to know:
The most detailed research into the links between the football World Cup and domestic abuse rates has revealed that in one force area in England and Wales, violent incidents increased by 38% when England lost – but also rose by 26% when they won.
The research, by Lancaster University criminologist Dr Stuart Kirby, a former police officer, monitored police reports of domestic violence during the last three World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
While domestic violence rose after each England game, incidents also increased in frequency at each new tournament, raising fears that the forthcoming competition in Brazil – where England's first game is against Italy on Saturday 14 June – could see the highest ever World Cup-related rises in domestic violence across the UK.
Separate national research examining the 2010 World Cup echoed the Kirby findings – with domestic abuse reports up 27.7% when the England team won a game, and 31.5% when they lost.
Source: The Guardian June 14, 2014.
What can I do?
We know that on average, domestic abuse rises during World Cup season in the UK. As a charity that mobilises men, White Ribbon UK ask men to be active in stopping this from happening. Domestic abuse is not only tragic, it is illegal.
Football clubs will decide how best they can fulfil their responsibilities.
Organisations must send a clear message that violence against women and children is “completely unacceptable”, joining the chorus for equality and justice, and breaking the silence that surrounds violence against women and girls.
Clubs can also work through their Community Foundations to provide “positive role models to younger people in the community, encouraging healthy and non-abusive relationships”.
Stewards must be expected to challenge any sexist or homophobic remarks. Clubs can be encouraged to display the World Cup posters and other White Ribbon posters, which challenge abusive behaviour and sexism
As individuals, we need you to:
Swear the White Ribbon pledge,
Wear the Badge
Share the Message
Part of swearing the White Ribbon pledge means not excusing, or remaining silent about male violence against women. That means being vigilant, particularly around the World Cup period; and looking out for the warning signs of violence:
- Coercive control
- Sexist language
- Excessive drinking
- Anger and rage
A campaign pack is available on our shop, which includes posters, postcards, badges and information on violence during the World Cup. This can be distributed amongst Football Clubs, local events, youth and family initiatives, schools etc., or used as part of a campaign event. In doing this we hope that we can raise awareness at a personal level, and come together to stop the pattern of increased violence during this period.