For decades, a rumor has been spreading around that on Super Bowl Sunday, there is an increase in domestic violence incidents. Though there are no numbers that can prove or disprove this claim, many websites and investigators have tried to put this rumor to bed. The truth is that domestic violence actually spikes around the holidays – not around Super Bowl Sunday.
If you have been arrested for or accused of domestic violence then it is imperative to talk to a criminal defense attorney sooner rather than later. You can reach Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 now for a free legal consultation. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about this rumor and how it got started.
The truth about domestic violence: It happens every day
According to the most recent statistics, 20 people are victims of domestic violence each day. In fact, three people will die from domestic violence on an average day. That said, if we demonize a particular day instead of looking at the larger issue, the wrong message may be sent. There is no question that domestic violence is an issue but when the focus is put on one day of the year, it makes it more likely that a person could be falsely accused on that day of the year.
The reasons people believe in this rumor
There are a few reasons that people believed this rumor to be true. First, they pointed to the fact that people would often sit around watching a violent game all day. The theory went that because football can be brutal, it makes people more violent. There is no evidence that this is the case.
Second, they would point out that many people drink on Super Bowl Sunday. It is true that for some people, in some circumstances, alcohol can make them more aggressive. When you couple alcohol with a stressful situation, which could include a crowded home, losing money on a bet, and other factors that are often present on Super Bowl Sunday, it may seem reasonable that there would be more arguments. This may be true, but an argument is not the same thing as domestic violence.
The real issue with the rumor: It can make false accusations more likely
It may seem harmless to have people say that there is a jump in these cases on a particular day but the truth is that real harm can come. How? Because a false accusation can be more likely and can be more easily believed. Think of it this way: If a person wants to make a false accusation about domestic violence, what better day to do so than on a day when many people think anyone is more likely to abuse their romantic partner?
No matter the situation or the accusations, everyone who is charged with a crime deserves a competent criminal defense attorney. You have found that person in Law Office of Michael L. Fell. Call us now at (949) 585-9055 and we can provide a free legal consultation.