Eng­land’s de­feat sparks do­mes­tic vi­o­lence surge

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LON­DON: Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases in Bri­tain have surged dur­ing the World Cup and Eng­land’s de­feat in the semi-fi­nals is likely to trig­ger an­other spike in beat­ings, a lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps women to es­cape abuse said on Thurs­day.

The num­ber of vic­tims re­ferred by po­lice in Bri­tain to the Na­tional Cen­tre for Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence (NCDV) has risen by a fifth this month as Eng­land’s foot­ball team en­joyed their best World Cup run in 28 years be­fore los­ing to Croa­tia on Wed­nes­day.

The NCDV — which helps bat­tered or threat­ened women ob­tain court or­ders to es­cape abu­sive part­ners — said it had re­ceived at least 3,500 re­ports of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence so far in July — the links be­tween the World Cup and do­mes­tic abuse found that vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in Lan­cashire in north­east Eng­land in­creased by 38 per­cent when the na­tional team lost a match, and by 26 per­cent when they won.

Lan­caster Uni­ver­sity crim­i­nol­o­gist Dr Stu­art Kirby, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, mon­i­tored po­lice re­ports of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence dur­ing the pre­vi­ous three World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble Mark Roberts, the foot­ball polic­ing lead at the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil (NPCC), said there had been 103 ar­rests and 344 foot­ball-re­lated in­ci­dents recorded on Wed­nes­day night, in­clud­ing 57 re­ports of do­mes­tic abuse.

Eng­land fans were cap­tured

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