Since every holiday tested in the study except for Valentine's Day wasSometimes, however, no matter how much you debunk a falsehood, it just won't die. An official at a San Francisco women's organization told SF Weekly
a significant predictor of domestic violence, the Super Bowl reported
here may be less of a football effect than that normally encountered
that the news of a domestic violence spike on Super Bowl Sunday was an
established fact. She assured us that a woman is attacked every 15
seconds on gameday -- and, what's more, "wife-beater" undershirts (of
the sort worn by the lout illustrating this article) gained their name
due to the beer-drinking, violent men watching the Super Bowl.
Well, where to begin? First of all, a quick glance at the state's domestic violence statistics reveals that, in 2006, law-enforcement officials received 176,299 domestic violence-related calls. Doing the math, this breaks down to 483 a day or 20 an hour or about one every three minutes. So, is it rational to believe that, on Super Bowl Sunday, the rate suddenly jumps to 15 a minute -- a 45-fold increase?
As far as the origin of the term "wife-beater undershirt," it has nothing to do with the Super Bowl. It was derived from the line of folks attempting to get free tickets to The Price is Right.
On a serious note, it's ridiculous that some feel the need to wrap themselves in bullshit statistics to justify efforts to stamp out domestic violence. Is anyone in favor of domestic violence? Anyone opposed to cracking down on it? Why trade in lies when the truth is so powerful?
"People try to draw a correlation between domestic violence and lots of drinking," said Megan Koroshetz, the supervisor of San Francisco's Riley Center Community Office. "Our stance is that alcohol does not cause abuse. It may exacerbate it, but it's not the cause. There was probably domestic violence in a relationship long before Super Bowl Sunday."