Redbridge domestic abuse charity ‘very busy’ since first England World Cup game

12:30 19 June 2014

Domestic violence is predicted to rise during England’s World Cup matches and an abuse charity has reported an increase in incidents since the first game.

Lima Khanom, a senior outreach worker at Redbridge Action Against Domestic Abuse (Raada), said phone lines have been “very busy” since England lost to Italy on Saturday night.

National research says that when England lose a game domestic incidents can rise by 38 per cent. Even if the nation wins or draws an increase of 26pc is predicted, according to a report published in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. It is based on previous World Cup matches.

The day following games there is an increase of 11pc but researchers noted that this could be because of people returning home in the early hours after late-night games.

Mrs Khanom said: “Research has shown increases of domestic abuse during Christmas and the World Cup.

“Raada and most agencies delivering services to victims of domestic abuse actively take steps to ensure that there is enough staff to cover the services and generally we remain on an increased level of alert around these times.

“I can confirm that since the weekend we have been receiving phone calls and our helpline has been very busy this week.

“We find that usually when a perpetrator feels like they are losing control in a situation, there is an escalation of violence.

“This theory could well be applied to a football game or any scenario where the perpetrator is trying to regain control and therefore their personal feeling of being in a position of power.”

Victims of domestic abuse can contact Redbridge Police on 101 or Raada on 07946 872 734.

Read more:

Horrific tales of abuse as domestic violence increases by a fifth in Redbridge

Redbridge ‘survivor’ of domestic abuse tells her story

Domestic Violence victims urged to help council improve services

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 15:00
Barnardos christmas appeal.
Jo Chaney, (Managers)

Manager shares insight into lifeline for families

Yesterday, 12:00
Meccano models made at North East London Meccano Club's September 2015 meeting. Picture Tim Surtell

A round up of news from the borough’s clubs and societies.

Yesterday, 10:00
Aiysha Sheth has won an award for an art piece she created

A Seven Kings student has won an art competition at her new sixth form college, with a painting to inspire peace.

Fri, 17:30
Yoga teacher and retired GP Sudarshan Kapur, 76, held a fundraising lunch for Breast Cancer UK at Tabla restuarant in Ilford where everyone wore pink

A retired GP and yoga teacher held a powerfully pink fundraising lunch yesterday,

Most read news


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder