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  1. Another angle: A potential reason for the difference in the initial increase in reports and those seen in later games could be that domestic abuse victims waited for an opportunity where they could call and guarantee their partner would be away for pre-celebrations and post-celebrations. The fact that the calls were all received around this time period might indicate an underlying problem of controlling or highly observant abusive partners preventing the calls from being made.

    I would especially expect this to be the case where both partners don’t work (reasons: partners spend more time together & partners feel unable to make calls) – so this would be more prevalent in areas of the UK where unemployment is higher. Although I can’t see statistics for unemployment by County in the UK, I can imagine that Cambridge would have relatively better unemployment rates than other parts of the UK. Higher rates of unemployment in an area would indicate that the area is overall poorer – something I’m sure that also coincides with higher domestic abuse rates.

    To this end, I suggest it’s possible that the statistics may have been misread by mainstream news outlets (with an incorrect association with football itself) and that the increased number of calls received nationally and the lack of increase in Cambridge could both be consistent.

    1. These are really good points. There are definitely a range of factors that can lead to an increase of reports.

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