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Football and Domestic Violence

Paralegal’s Perspective (by Frances Butler)

The professional football season is an exciting time of year for both fans and non-fans alike. Sunday, Monday and Thursday night games can be highly anticipated events with family and friends coming together over food, drinks, and most importantly, the sport. Ties to teams are strong, based on legacy, geography, and even the prospect of winning money and other prizes through fantasy leagues.

When the stakes are high, emotions can run deep for some dedicated fans. Game losses can be especially devastating, resulting in extra-high tension in the home—something often associated with higher rates of domestic abuse. Many leading researchers hypothesize that rates of domestic abuse rise when there are devastating losses in the sport. Economists David Card and Gordon Dahl are two of these researchers who found that upset losses on Sundays during the professional football season lead to an 8 percent increase in police reports of male against female domestic violence. For more information regarding their findings visit:

Statistics like these are disturbing, so to raise awareness for domestic violence, both on game day and every day, October is national domestic violence month. It’s important for both men and women to know their options. There are a number of both legal and physiological options for victims of domestic violence and their families to seek the help they need.

Temporary Protection Orders: A short term protective order issued by the Court that prohibits a person from engaging in any threatening action against another.

Permanent Protection Orders: A long-term protective order issued by the Court that prohibits a person from engaging in any threatening action against another.

Domestic Violence Hotlines: If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence there is a national 24-hour hotlines that can get victims immediate help. For more information go to

Women’s Shelters: For women of domestic violence that need to get out of the home of their abuser, but have no where to go, these shelters provide temporary solace. To locate a shelter near you go to:

The information in this post is not legal advice—it is only legal information. To obtain legal advice by hiring the attorneys of Broxterman Alicks McFarlane PC as your counsel, please contact the firm at or 303-331-6432.

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