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Domestic Violence Expected to Increase During Olympics

Posted by attorney Jeremy Geigle

A temporary crisis center will be opened in Stratford, England for two months, and will be available “for anyone experiencing physical attacks, emotional abuse, harassment, stalking, threats, sexual abuse, forced marriage, and honor-based violence." The center is in response to the expected rise in domestic violence and sexual assault during the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

While this center will offer the first ever data linking the issue of domestic violence to the Olympics, there is previous evidence to back up the theory. Domestic violence reports were said to have increased during the 2010 Football World Cup. According to an article by BBC News London, domestic violence reports in England rose 27%.

Suspected factors include large crowds, athlete-on-athlete assaults, and people having to spend more time at home, including their work days. Whatever the cause, domestic violence results in serious repercussions for everyone involved.

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