Recent reports point to a relationship between a rise in domestic violence incidents and Super Bowl Sunday. Despite some publications stating the increase in violence, no concrete evidence or data exists to support this. News outlets attempt to correct the presumption each year before the Super Bowl, but the rumor still circulates.
In fact, domestic violence may take place on a daily basis, and its root cause differs from what encourages violence at a sporting event or when liquor is consumed. Citing that instances of violence occur more often during a popular sporting event is inaccurate and fails to stress the danger of toxic relationships.
Myth #1: Excessive Drinking Leads to Domestic Violence
Sports fans and revelers alike throw parties and host get-togethers to celebrate the Super Bowl, and often take advantage of the occasion to indulge. While drinking alcohol, especially in excess, may cause an increase in aggressive behavior, this does not guarantee that a chronically abusive spouse will stop the day after heavy drinking, or that a typically non-abusive partner will engage in abuse.
In some personalities, overindulging in alcohol may result in aggressive or belligerent behavior; but this may not manifest into a spouse assaulting their mate. Alcohol may combine with other situations, such as a sports team losing, lost money in a bet, or a crowded house during a rowdy party to create a tense atmosphere – but this does not indicate a higher tendency for domestic violence.
Myth #2: Sporting Events Lead to Domestic Violence
Some view football and other rough sports as brutal, even barbaric; but this factor in itself does not instigate violence. Emotional highs and lows during a game do not contribute to higher testosterone levels or more episodes of violence between spouses.
Situations during the Super Bowl may add to the tension, including a bad call by a referee that ends the game, arguing with a fan of the opponent’s team, or losing money during the game. But tension or even a loss of temper does not constitute domestic violence.
Myth #3: Domestic Violence Occurs on Occasion
Although studies show an increase of troubling domestic violence incidents occurring around Christmas, the Super Bowl does not breed physical disputes between spouses. No one day on the calendar will predict an episode of domestic violence, because it is not necessarily determined by a specific day.
Abusive spouses most often want a sense of control over their partners, and they express that by engaging in abuse, or limiting what their partner may do without consent.
It is not an occasional event, it is a pattern that tends to start off with lavish attention and an immediate desire to become serious. Once power and control over the partner is established, however, it devolves into jealousy and possessiveness.
One day where tensions ride high, such as Super Bowl Sunday, does not make domestic violence more common. Declaring it as such creates a dangerous precedent that downplays the serious nature of domestic violence.
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