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While Australians are still reeling from Harry Kewell’s red card, our English counterparts are raising a hand against a more serious form of injustice. Domestic violence increased by up to 30 per cent during the World Cup back in 2006, according to England’s Home Office. Police officers hope to discourage attacks this year with a new advertising campaign. But what’s not clear is why major sporting events are accompanied by a surge in gendered violence.

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