At the start of the world cup, warnings have been issued about the imminent increase in domestic abuse during major football tournaments, the last one being Euro 2016.
The academic research from Lancaster University has prompted a campaign by White Ribbon UK to mobilise men to send out a clear message that violence against women and children is unacceptable. The organisation has developed publicity materials aimed at football clubs, youth and family initiatives, schools etc with the slogan “Show Violence the Red Card”.
The Women’s Aid campaign ‘Football United Against Domestic Violence’ has called upon the football community to stand united against domestic abuse and sexism during the world cup.
Police forces across the country are on high alert for an increase in reports. In Hampshire a dedicated force of an additional 10 officers has been established for the duration of the world cup. In Cleveland a social media campaign has been launched using the “Red Card” slogan.
The deterioration in some fans’ behaviour is quite often fuelled by alcohol which, coupled with high drama on the pitch, can lead to feelings of frustration and anger, especially when a team loses.
The campaign by Women’s Aid which has been running since 2014 aims to bring about a change in attitudes surrounding football culture citing that sexist attitudes, chants and behaviour at football matches encourage an environment in which women are belittled and demeaned.
Until there is a wholesale culture change some fans will feel it is acceptable to take their frustrations out on family members within the confines of the home.
The White Ribbon approach is aimed at men and football clubs in particular and will hopefully get the message across to all would-be perpetrators that conduct which may have been acceptable to some in the past will not be tolerated in 2018.
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