Sport-related domestic violence: exploring the complex relationship between sporting events and domestic violence

Damien John Williams, Fergus Gilmour Neville

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The link between sport and violence is widely acknowledged. While the focus has been on “player violence” and “crowd violence” it is recognised that a variety of other incidents of sports-related violence exist, including domestic violence. Empirical and anecdotal evidence point toward increased rates of domestic violence among male athletes. Moreover, there is evidence that domestic violence also increases around sporting events in wider society; however, the evidence is at times contradictory. It is not argued that sport causes domestic violence, but that it can provide the conditions that enable forms of domestic violence. It is acknowledged that the evidence is at most correlational, and that further work is needed to understand this complex association. In particular, the “holy trinity” of sports, alcohol, and hegemonic masculinity is offered to explain this association. The wide appeal of sport can, however, be exploited to engage with males and support them in confronting the issues that underpin domestic violence, in conjunction with female empowerment and the pursuit of gender equality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOvercoming domestic violence
Subtitle of host publicationCreating a dialogue around vulnerable populations
EditorsMyra F. Taylor, Julie Ann Pooley, Robert S. Taylor
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSocial issues, justice and status


  • Sport
  • Domestic violence
  • Hegemony
  • Alcohol


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