Domestic Violence and the Super Bowl

This Sunday is the Super Bowl here in the US, and this event’s relationship to domestic violence seems to crop up every year. The Family Violence Prevention Fund has addressed it over at their site, including some talking points for people who field questions on the subject.

From the site:

On Sunday, February 6, millions of people will tune in to watch the Super Bowl. In the past, Super Bowl Sunday has brought a public conversation about domestic violence because of now-discounted decades-old claims that domestic violence escalates on Super Bowl Sunday. There is no hard evidence that Super Bowl Sunday is a “day of dread” for women, or has measurably more incidents of domestic violence than other days. “We have spent years dispelling that myth,” said Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler. “Domestic, sexual and dating violence are serious problems every day, and are not tied to the Super Bowl.”