SPORTING EVENTS LINKED TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Research suggests that reports of domestic violence against women and children increase during sporting events, and this increase seems to occur whether the perpetrator’s favorite team is winning or losing. A closer look at this phenomenon reveals that while sporting events do not directly cause the violence, abusers often have emotional triggers and use other means to justify their behaviors.

During a high-stakes sporting event the following factors may be present:

  • Extreme Excitement
  • Gambling
  • Competition
  • Alcohol and Drug Use

Preventing Domestic Violence

Like several of the above factors, excess drinking can provoke feelings of anger, aggression, and hostility. Excess drinking is likely to occur while watching a game or attending a sporting event. For those who are already capable of domestic violence, drinking too much alcohol may be enough to trigger another episode.

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education offers ways reduce the overall incidents of domestic violence and protect victims. The framework focuses on three general areas:

  • Decreasing the availability of alcohol
  • Identifying the victims of domestic violence
  • Increasing the availability and funding for support for victims

Advertisers play a huge role in the link between drinking and sports. Many health professionals are now cognizant of this link and advocate that alcohol advertising and promotion during sports should be completely banned. As a result, the National Framework to Prevent Alcohol Related Family Violence includes action items to phase out alcohol advertising in the media and specifically target the outdoor ads and sponsorships seen at major sporting events. Since it was only just last year that the NFL raised its ban on hard liquor advertisements, this may be an uphill battle.

Defining Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can occur between parents, children, spouses, roommates, or any two people who share an intimate relationship. However, many people assume that domestic violence is physical abuse. Although domestic violence often is physical, the reality is that it can take many forms and be hard for others to detect.

  • Emotional: Insults or withholding affection
  • Psychological: Threats and controlling behaviors
  • Sexual: Forceful or harmful behaviors during sex
  • Financial: Monitoring spending or limiting access to bank accounts

Recognizing an abusive situation is an important step, but the next step should be to get help.

If you or a loved one has experienced domestic violence, you deserve to protect yourself. For a free consultation, call (856) 512-1461 or contact us online today. With office locations in Marlton and Somers Point, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County, and Atlantic County.

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