This was in Saturdays DomPost. (Front Page)
Police are preparing for a spike in violence if the All Blacks lose next year’s Rugby World Cup.
This follows surges in domestic violence overseas in similar situations.
Police Commissioner Howard Broad has said the “possibility that the All Blacks will lose has entered into our risk management”, and Superintendent Grant O’Fee, in charge of policing the cup, said police had done extensive research into the effects of test matches on crime rates………
In New Zealand, there was no discernable increase in domestic violence on test-match weekends whether the All Blacks won, lost or drew.
“That’s not to say nothing happens, because the refuge tell us that they definitely do notice a bit of a change but nevertheless it’s nothing like the significance of that one in Scotland.”
Not all violence that was reported to Women’s Refuge was reported to police, he said……..
Women’s Refuge said it had been working with police to counter the potentially negative effect of the World Cup on domestic violence.
International research showed that, when sporting events went wrong, there was a spike in domestic violence, spokeswoman Kiri Hannifin said. “So if the All Blacks, dare I say it, lose next year, those people who have a tendency to be violent, this may give them an excuse to be more violent or to be violent again.”…..
I’m sure someone has the time to pick this up and respond?
I’m too busy digesting Dunne’s attempt to fix child tax.