England Disappoints, Anger Triumphs

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Crime and disorder levels will rise around the country this week, after England was knocked out of the World Cup by Germany, predicts The British Association of Anger Management

The British Association of Anger Management is predicting a rise in crimes including domestic violence, assault and vandalism this week, after England crashed out of the World Cup on Sunday.

Anger is a serious social issue during national football tournaments, says director Mike Fisher. “Football becomes an outlet for pent up emotions among some football fans, and disappointment at a knock-out can manifest itself in anti-social behaviour, drunkenness and disorder,” he says.
Four factors add to fans' outrage at Sunday's defeat- an error by match officials which deprived England of a crucial goal, a refusal by Fifa to use technology which could have prevented the error, the England's team lack-lustre performance in South Africa, and the fact that defeat came at the hands of England's old foe, Germany.

Fisher explains: “A classic source of anger is loss of a personal goal. When people attend our courses it is one of the first areas we teach. As our hopes are built up and up with each stage of the World Cup competition so too is the subsequent feeling of loss as we leave the competition too early. The intensity of the anger is often increased as we project the goal onto others to achieve it for us and in the face of perceived injustice.”
During the last world cup Home Office figures showed an increase in domestic violence during each of England’s five games in the tournament.
On average, domestic violence in the 19 forces increased 25% on England match days.
Special police patrols have already been put on the beat around the country this time round, to deal with the raised levels of violence and disruption which police are expecting.

And the Association's Beating Anger- Anger Management clinics around the UK are also on standby to help fans who realise that their anger has got out of control.

Notes to editors:

Case studies of patients who have been through anger management programmes are available.

Statistics from “Lessons learned from domestic violence enforcement campaigns 2006 by the Police and Crime Standards Directorate- Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers.”

For further information and comment, please contact:

Mike Fisher, director, The British Association of Anger Management
Tel.: 0845 1300 286 / 07931569051

Julian Hall, director Beating Anger Derby
Tel.: 0845 505 2450 / 07850 614042

Austen Gower, director Beating Anger North Worcs
Tel.: 0845 505 2650

Steven Lanaway, director Beating Anger Bromley
Tel.: 0845 1300 286 / 07577 862165

Email: info(at)angermanage.co(dot)uk
Website: http://www.angermanage.co.uk

About the British Association of Anger Management/Beating Anger clinics

BAAM was established in 1999 in the UK. It is recognised by the NHS, BUPA, court authorities and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Its services are available to anyone who is dealing with their own or another person's anger. It has worked with over 13,000 people, from the unemployed to the high profile, including many international celebrities. It operates Beating Anger clinics across the UK. A recent series of workshops on anger management for parents in conjunction with Ealing Council was doubly oversubscribed.

Regional offices

Beating Anger North Worcs
Austen Gower
0845 505 2650

Beating Anger Derby
Julian Hall
0845 505 2450

About Mike Fisher
BAAM’s Mike Fisher is a renowned anger ‘guru’, TV consultant and author of the best seller, ‘Beating Anger’, with more than 30,000 copies sold since its launch in 2005.


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