Domestic Violence and the Super Bowl Myth
Since Domestic Violence had long been a societal plague which was traditionally ignored, covered up, and swept under the rug, there have been many well-intentioned, and extremely successful, efforts made over the last several years to shed light onto the issue. In doing so, however, there has been a claim made that Super Bowl Sunday is “the biggest day of the year for violence against women”. This claim is completely inaccurate.
The myth actually started back in January of 1993 prior to the Super Bowl, by activists for women’s issues. This movement cited non-existent studies and statistics that gave credibility to the claim that the Super Bowl caused a spike of violence against women. Many of the news outlets including New York Times and NBC, took the claims and promoted the false information. Even though it was based upon false information, one positive byproduct was that it brought a heightened awareness to victims of Domestic Violence.
The truth is, there is a rise in Domestic Violence during major holidays, and not just the Super Bowl itself. For example, there are quadruple the amount of Domestic Violence reports around the Christmas holiday. Though there is not a significant spike of Domestic Violence incidents on Super Bowl Sunday, DV Advocates do believe that there is a higher possibility of it occurring during or after the big game. People tend to drink more alcohol at Super Bowl parties, which often leads to tension, hostility arguments, and ultimately physical violence can ensue.
If you or someone you know is a victim of Domestic Violence, there are many organizations ready to help victims and their children safely leave their abusers and pursue legal protection. A comprehensive list of resources and hotlines for any type of Domestic Violence situation is below:
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