Domestic violence set to soar during World Cup

Police across the UK have set up specialist units to deal with the expected rise in domestic assaults and abuse as the World Cup tournament kicks off in Brazil. Research shows the threat of violence in the home increases when England play.

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Domestic abuse 'incidents up 38% when England lose'

Research from the University of Lancaster showed the threat of violence increased whether England lost or won. Credit: Press Association

Researchers at Lancaster University found that incidents of domestic abuse rose significantly during the World Cup tournament.

Read: Domestic violence warning ahead of the World Cup

Levels of domestic abuse rose by 26% when England won or drew during the last three World Cups, while there was a 38% spike when the national team lost, the research found.

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