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Melbourne Cup and domestic violence – it’s a sure bet.

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Melbourne Cup and domestic violence – it’s a sure bet.

 A La Trobe University expert is available to discuss research that shows domestic violence assaults rise significantly on the day of the Melbourne Cup.

Dr Kirsty Forsdike

Centre for Sport and Social impact at La Trobe University



Dr Kirsty Forsdike is a Senior Lecturer in management, Researcher in the Centre for Sport and Social Impact and Chair of La Trobe’s Violence Against Women Research Network.

Key points:

*Domestic violence increases on days of, and around, major sporting events around the world.

*Governments need to tailor policies to address domestic violence associated with sport.

Quotes attributable to Dr Forsdike:

“Not everyone looks forward to the Melbourne Cup. Domestic violence and emergency services ready themselves for a potential increase in calls, call-outs and admissions. Domestic violence assaults rise significantly on the day of Melbourne Cup.”

“We know perpetrators are more likely to use violence or become more violent during public holidays in Australia. Alcohol is certainly a risk factor for increased frequency and severity of domestic violence. The use of alcohol during major sports events and over holidays is well documented.”

“Similarly, gambling and stress over income is also linked to the increased escalation of domestic violence.”

Read more of Dr Forsdike’s recent commentary here:

This Melbourne Cup, alcohol and sport collide. We need to watch out for domestic violence (


For interviews with Dr Forsdike please contact:

Sue Smethurst 0418 643 520







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