Super Bowl Sunday Not Linked To Domestic Violence Increase

Jan 26, 2015

The long-lasting claim linking domestic violence and Super Bowl Sunday doesn't hold true for Lane County.

Peggy Whalen from Womenspace in Eugene says in her 25 years of work in the field, she has never once seen rates spike because of the game.

"There definitely isn't a correlation between Super Bowl Sunday and domestic violence. I do, however, think that this is a really important thing to be discussing, especially this year."

What Whalen hints at are the multiple NFL-related, domestic abuse cases from 2014. She says these publicized incidents prove an important point.

"It doesn't matter what your race is, your ethnicity, where you are financially. I mean, these people have lots and lots of money so it's not about finances. This is an issue that has to do with power and control and it's experienced by all types of people."

Whalen says if aggression does arise in households this weekend or any weekend, the 24-hour Womenspace crisis line will be available to contact.

The Womenspace crisis line phone number is 1-800-281-2800.