World Cup: Women prepare for increased domestic abuse

Many people in relationships with abusive partners dread major footballing competitions like the World Cup. This is because they’re linked to an increase in incidents of domestic abuse. Research by the University of Lancaster shows violent domestic abuse incidents increase by 38% when England loses football matches. Rates are also 26% higher when the team wins or draws. Domestic abuse consists of a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviours, where one partner seeks to hold power and control over the other’s life. It is a gendered form of abuse, predominantly perpetrated by men against women, which can combine emotional, verbal, psychological, financial, sexual or physical forms of violence. The severity of domestic abuse can range from consistently critical comments and verbal belittling to physical violence, strangulation and rape. For survivors of domestic abuse, international football tournaments are too often marked by anxious anticipation of violent incidents at home. As Women’s Aid made clear during last year’s Euros: “Football doesn’t cause domestic abuse, but a big game can be the catalyst for increasing or more severe abuse”. Domestic abuse is a workplace issue, and both trade unions and employers have a key responsibility to work together identify workers who may be experiencing domestic abuse in order to support them. That’s why, for the start of the World Cup, UNISON is publishing revised Domestic Violence and Abuse ...
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