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Amid World Cup cheers, it’s time to tackle a domestic violence

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In the aftermath of England’s stunning win over Sweden to reach the World Cup semi-finals, news outlets have been flooded with images of exuberant England fans taking to the streets of London to showcase their national pride – rather loudly and proudly. From people climbing atop double-decker buses to others ransacking Ikea stores, the nation has been overtaken by excitement and unbridled glee.

This isn’t the case for everyone though.

I recently came across a shocking statistic centred on the World Cup. When England plays in the four-yearly international competition, domestic abuse incidents see a 26 per cent increase if it wins or draws. This figure soars to 38 per cent when it loses a World Cup match. The data came from a Lancaster University study which analysed domestic violence figures over four previous World Cups.

We all know that correlation doesn’t necessarily imply causation – even if the number of domestic violence cases increases during large sporting events like the World Cup, it doesn’t mean the matches are the trigger. Family violence is a very complex social issue.

Many people however still believe the World Cup is a risk factor. And no matter how big or small these figures are, one case is still one too many.

Taking the statistics into consideration and the fact that England hasn’t won the title since 1966, it would mean an unimaginable number of women have been suffering at the hands of violent domestic partners throughout the........

© South China Morning Post