Domestic violence set to soar during the World Cup

Police across the UK are preparing for an increase in domestic violence over the coming month as the World Cup tournament kicks off on Thursday.

Increased alcohol abuse may be one of the factors that leads to the hike in domestic violence during the World Cup. Credit: Press Association

Research suggests the threat of domestic violence increases significantly throughout the competition, particularly when England play.

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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.