BT Sport helps give domestic violence the red card

BT Sport and the Premier League are supporting a new campaign to help raise awareness of domestic violence.

​MPs, celebrities and people working in the footballing community, including singer Jahmene Douglas and television presenter Charlie Webster were at Westminster for the launch of Football United Against Domestic Violence.

As the Football World Cup 2014 kicks off in Brazil, Women’s Aid is using the worldwide focus on football to launch the campaign, to enable the football community to speak out publicly against domestic violence in society, making football a place where perpetrators of domestic abuse are not welcome.

Polly Neate, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Two women a week are killed by partners or ex-partners, and there’s evidence that reports of domestic violence rise following World Cup games. Most people are opposed to domestic violence, but it is often not talked about in public.”

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Football United Against Domestic Violence aims to work with the footballing community in a positive way to help end both abusive behaviour and the sexist attitudes that underpin such abuse, and

BT Sport is proud to sponsor the launch of this important campaign.” BT Sport presenter and former England goalkeeper David James added: “All forms of domestic violence are completely unacceptable, and it is shocking to think that there is a rise in reporting following England games.

“I wholeheartedly support the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign, and hope that clubs get involved and work with Women’s Aid to help raise awareness with their supporters.”

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