Sport and social development: evaluating a professional sport league’s domestic violence and sexual abuse camp

Hills, Stephen and Walker, Matthew (2017) Sport and social development: evaluating a professional sport league’s domestic violence and sexual abuse camp. Journal of applied sport management, 9 (4). pp. 39-49. ISSN 2327-0187

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.18666/JASM-2017-V9-I4-8448

Abstract / Description

We explore the use of sport to address the sensitive issue of domestic violence and sexual abuse (DVSA) by evaluating a professional sport league’s pilot DVSA Camp in the United Kingdom. e league served as a hook to engage target groups before using the sport as an analogy to educate on DVSA. We found the DVSA camp had a limited e ect on participants’ knowledge about and beliefs toward DVSA, but was able to engage an at risk target group and increase awareness of DVSA. Certainly, greater engagement is required to address serious social issues if behavioral change is the goal. We feel the program was well intended and served as a strategic positioning mechanism for the professional sport league. However, a broader and more long-term focus on developmental outcomes should be sought.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sport-for-development, domestic violence, sexual abuse
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 790 Recreational & performing arts
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Stephen Hills
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 09:36
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 09:36
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/4682

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