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Spikes in Domestic Abuse During Euros

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As the Euros captivate millions of fans across the UK, filling our homes with excitement and national pride, it is crucial to address a darker reality that often accompanies these major sporting events. The sound of cheering from the living room should bring a sense of excitement, but for some, it brings a profound sense of dread. For victims of domestic violence, major sporting events like the Euros can lead to heightened levels of abuse. Why do such events exacerbate domestic tensions? And what legal frameworks are in place to protect those at risk?

Why do major sporting events cause spikes in domestic abuse?

Studies have consistently shown a troubling link between major sporting events and spikes in domestic abuse. The heightened emotions, increased alcohol consumption, and the sheer intensity of nationalistic fervour often contribute to a dangerous environment for those living with abusive partners. Imagine the thrill of a goal scored, the elation echoing through the streets, but behind some closed doors, this jubilation is a prelude to horror. Research shows that incidents of domestic abuse can surge up to 38% during major football tournaments.

Understanding domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is not confined to physical abuse; it encompasses emotional, psychological, financial, and sexual abuse. It is a pervasive issue that affects individuals regardless of gender, age, or socio-economic status. Women are disproportionately affected, with one in four women experiencing domestic abuse at some point in their lives. However, it is essential to acknowledge that men can also be victims of domestic abuse. The stigma surrounding male victimhood often leads to underreporting, leaving many men to suffer in silence. Support and legal protections are available for everyone, regardless of gender, and we strongly encourage you to speak out and receive the help you need.

What legal frameworks are in place to protect those at risk?

Family Law plays a crucial role in addressing domestic abuse, particularly when children are involved. Courts must consider the welfare of children in any proceedings, often leading to protective measures like supervised visits or restraining orders against abusive parents. The Children’s Act 1989, pivotal in ensuring that the child’s best interests are always the primary concern.

In the UK, several legal protections and remedies are available to victims of domestic violence. These include:

  • Non-Molestation Orders: A court order to prevent an abuser from harassing or threatening the victim. Breaching this order is a criminal offence.
  • Occupation Orders: These regulate who can live in the family home and can be used to exclude the abuser.
  • Clare’s Law: Officially known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, it allows individuals to ask the police if their partner has a history of domestic violence.

While we are fortunate to have such legal protections in place which can provide immediate and long-term safety for victims, the fear of speaking out remains a significant barrier. As family solicitors, we urge anyone experiencing domestic violence to seek help. You are not alone, and there are resources and people ready to support you.

Support Systems and Resources

Beyond legal protections, there are numerous organisations and resourced dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence:

  • Refuge: Offers a 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline

How can society help a victim of domestic abuse?

Addressing domestic abuse requires a societal shift in attitudes and behaviours. Public awareness campaigns, education on healthy relationships, and robust support networks are vital. Friends, family, and neighbours can play a critical role by recognising signs of abuse and offering support or reporting concerns to the authorities.

Practical Steps for Victims:

If you are experiencing domestic violence, it is essential to know that help is available. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Seek Immediate Safety: If in immediate danger, always call 999. Find a safe place to stay, such as with trusted friends or family, or contact a refuge service.
  1. Document Abuse: Keep records of any incidents, including photos, messages, and medical reports. This evidence is crucial in legal proceedings.
  1. Consult a Solicitor: we, as family solicitors can provide legal advice and help obtain protective orders. We can also assist with related family law matters such as child arrangements and divorce
  1. Reach Out for Support: Contact organisations like Refuge or Women’s Aid for practical advice and emotional support.

The dread felt by victims during events like the Euros is a stark reminder of the persistent issue of domestic abuse. While the UK has robust legal frameworks to protect victims, continuous efforts are needed to ensure these protections are effective and accessible. Our team of family solicitors are committed to advocated for victims of domestic violence and ensuring they receive the support and protection they need. By raising awareness and strengthening our legal frameworks, we can help create a safer environment for everyone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please reach out to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline at 0808 2000 247 or visit Refuge for more resources and support.

For specialist advice on any family law related issue contact Maguire Family Law by email: or telephone:

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