Domestic violence increase expected during World Cup


With the start of the 2014 World Cup thousands of fans in Essex will be cheering on England. Sadly, however, for a minority of people, what should be an enjoyable experience can take a dangerous turn.

During the World Cup and many big sporting events the people have a great time supporting their team and watching the drama unfold. Sadly, however, for a minority of people, what should be an enjoyable experience can take a dangerous turn.

During the last tournament in 2010, Essex Police reported a significant rise in domestic violence reports when England were playing. After their win against Slovenia, for example, reports were up 36.4% on the corresponding day the previous year.

  • Figures from Essex Police show up to 36.4% rise in reports of domestic violence following England games at last World Cup*.
  • Legal aid still available to help people experiencing domestic abuse

Victims should not suffer in silence

For many people the World Cup is an enjoyable occasion, shared with family and friends. But the domestic violence figures from the last tournament makes depressing reading. Nobody facing domestic abuse should have to suffer in silence, and although there have been massive cuts elsewhere, legal aid is still available for people who are victims of abuse and want to separate from their partner.

People who need more immediate help may be eligible for legal aid to help them apply for a court order to protect them and their family.

Anyone in immediate danger from domestic violence should contact the emergency services.

More Information

For more information or to discuss these issues please contact Sue Nash of Pinney Talfourd LLP, 07500 043911 or 01708 255183.

Help is also available from the free National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.

This article was written by Sue Nash, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and member of our Family Team. This article is only intended to provide a general summary and does not constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should be taken on each individual matter. This article is based on the law as at June 2014.


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