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‘Significant rise’ in domestic abuse reports during the World Cup

239 domestic abuse calls linked to England’s fixtures

BBC News reports that, according to the lead officer for football policing in England and Wales, there was a "significant rise" in domestic abuse reports during the World Cup.

Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts said that forces dealt with "record numbers" of crime related to the tournament and that more than 60 incidents were reported after England's semi-final defeat by Croatia, compared to the highest figure of 24 during Euro 2016.

239 domestic abuse calls were also linked to the team's fixtures, the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) said.

Last month, an in-depth study carried out by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Glasgow and the University of Bristol, concluded that 'research which suggests potential links between domestic violence and abuse and factors such as football or alcohol has proliferated, and links between them may be misinterpreted, misrepresented and misunderstood'.

For the BBC News article, click here. For details of the research by Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of Glasgow and the University of Bristol, click here.

9/9/18