Brazil World Cup 2014 could spark domestic violence in Essex, say police

Research suggests the threat of violence in the home increases during the competition, particularly when England play, in part because culprits drink more heavily. Research suggests the threat of violence in the home increases during the competition, particularly when England play, in part because culprits drink more heavily.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
9:17 AM

The World Cup could spark a rise in domestic violence in Essex, police fear.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Essex Police have set up operations to identify potential abusers and limit the risk of attacks once the football tournament starts on Thursday.

Research suggests the threat of violence in the home increases during the competition, particularly when England play, in part because culprits drink more heavily.

In Essex, police believe domestic incidents could rise by 26 per cent when England lose or draw during the four-week tournament in Brazil, and increase by 33 per cent when England win.

In June last year in the county, there was an average of 84 domestic incidents every day. Essex Police have warned this could rise to more than 100 a day when England play during the World Cup.

Detective Superintendent Ewen Wilson said stress, poor anger management, mental health issues, depression and substance abuse could all lead to the increase in domestic violence.

He said: “In addition, emotional stressors are combined with situational factors – the tournament is held in the summer and is associated with warmer temperatures and increased alcohol consumption and fans can often identify with team success or failure as if it was their own, which can have an impact on their behaviour.”

He added: “The majority of football fans are well behaved and enjoy watching the games with family and friends.

“We want the tournament to be a time that everyone can enjoy, which is why we have put a number of policing operations in place, to help to keep it a safe time for everyone.

“It is important to remember that is not the actual World Cup that heightens the risk of domestic incidents but specifically when the England team plays.”

Meanwhile, Essex Police have identified the top 117 perpetrators most likely to offend during England matches. One-hundred men and seven women have been targeted in a crack down on domestic abuse crime under Operation Shield.

The force also has a number of additional resources in place to deal with any increase in related incidents, including extra double and single-crewed cars in place during and after all England matches and the following day.

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Saffron Walden Reporter visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Saffron Walden Reporter staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Saffron Walden Reporter account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Homes24
Jobs24
Drive24
MyDate24
MyPhotos24
FamilyNotices24
Weddingsite

Click here to read more of our digital publications
Book my advert Paper delivery enquiries Wedding Show Retailers List

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT