We know the spirit of the nation can be lifted by a sporting event like this summer's World Cup, with neighbours celebrating together, people being more approachable and camaraderie increasing throughout the land.
However, a study by Lancaster University has shown an increase in domestic abuse incidents during the World Cup, particularly during England matches and especially when England lose.
Domestic violence? Because of football?
Domestic abuse doesn’t just mean physical violence, it includes anything from verbal abuse to controlling or intimidating behaviour.
No doubt an increase in alcohol consumption combined with high-running emotions all play a part, but no one should have to put up with abuse from a partner.
What can I do if I'm worried?
There are options available for people who need protection. They can apply to the Civil Court for injunctions such as:
Non-Molestation Order: This is an Order which forbids an associated person using violence against the other, or threatening, harassing or pestering the other. Breach of a Non-Molestation Order is a criminal offence, which can result in a fine or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both.
Occupation Order: This is an Order which regulates the occupation of the whole or part of a dwelling-house. The Court has the power to remove someone from the property or any part of it. The Court also has the power to forbid them from entering the property.
In addition the Court can provide further protection by adding a Power of Arrest to the Occupation Order. If the Court is satisfied that there has been violence or the threat of violence, a Power of Arrest must be attached unless the Court is satisfied in all circumstances of the case that the Applicant will be adequately protected without it.
If the terms of the occupation order are broken, the police have the power to arrest the person in breach and take him to Court. If it is proved the Order was breached, he can be punished by either a fine or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 2 years.
Help from Family Law solicitors
Our family law team can discuss all of the options in the strictest of confidence and telephone appointments are also available.