Myth or Fact? Sex Trafficking and Other Super Bowl Legends

Eliana Dockterman
Jan. 30, 2014

MYTH #4: Super Bowl Sunday sees an increase in domestic violence

The only evidence to support this claim, originally raised by the watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, is anecdotal. But experts agree that it’s most likely a myth. ”The Super Bowl does not cause domestic violence, and it doesn’t increase domestic violence, but it does increase the public’s awareness of the issue, which will help victims learn about help and resources,” Cindy Southworth, vice president of development and innovation at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, told U.S. News.

In fact, the assumption that domestic violence spikes on Super Bowl Sunday betrays an inherent misunderstanding of what domestic violence is. “It’s not an explosion, and it’s not out-of-control anger,” says Southworth. “Instead, it’s a patter of power and control.” Victims of abuse face the greatest risk “when they try to break away from a controlling partner, and that can happen any day of the year.”