Blame football for abuse?

Scapegoating football as a trigger for domestic violence trivialises issue

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Football United Against Domestic Violence - Women's Aid

Football United Against Domestic Violence is a campaign by Women's Aid, working with national footballing bodies, sports media, football clubs, the police, players and fans to send a clear message that domestic violence is always unacceptable. Together we aim to call out sexist behaviour that can underpin violence towards women and girls.

**We are asking the footballing community to join with us to make a positive difference now to raise awareness and reduce the amount of domestic violence in the future.

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The truth about domestic violence and the World Cup - BBC Three

"I would just sit there silently willing, willing his team to win"

When the World Cup started, a meme went viral. It wasn't funny or witty, nor was it a nostalgic graphic about the fact that England hasn't won since 1966. It was a statistic about domestic violence.

It was published by a domestic violence charity who wanted to draw attention to this issue while all of our eyes were firmly fixed on the sport. The figure was taken from research done by academics at Lancaster University back in 2013.

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