The World Cup Abuse Nightmare
Myths about domestic violence not only libel the vast majority of men; they also put truly at-risk women at greater risk.
Do brutal attacks on women by their husbands or boyfriends surge during the World Cup? According to a May 25 press release by England’s Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), “cases of domestic increase by nearly 30% on England match days.” The shocking 30 percent figure was from a study prepared and publicized by the . Determined to stem the assaults, officials flooded pubs and the airwaves with graphic warnings. “Don’t let the World Cup its mark on you,” warned a poster distributed by the West Yorkshire Police. It showed the bare back of a cowering woman marked by bruises, cuts, and the imprint of a man’s shoe. News stories with titles such as “Women’s World Cup Abuse Nightmare” informed women that the games could uncover, “for the first time, a darker side to their partner.”