Football and Domestic Abuse: A Literature Review

Crowley, A., Brooks, O., Lombard, N. (2014), ‘Football and Domestic Abuse: A Literature Review', SCCJR Research Report No. 06/2014.


Tackling domestic abuse is a key priority for the Scottish Government and its partners. There is evidence of a correlation between the occurrence of certain football matches in Scotland and increased reports of domestic abuse. There is, however, limited evidence that explains this link. This literature review was commissioned by the Scottish Government to examine existing evidence about the relationship between domestic abuse and football.