Women’s Aid calls on the football community to stand united against domestic abuse and sexism this World Cup
Thursday 14th June 2018
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“As part of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movement, we’ve seen a challenge to the prevailing sexist attitudes and behaviours in parts of our culture and society. Sexism and misogyny underpin violence against women and girls. These damaging attitudes are rife in our society; football is no exception.
“Since 2014, our Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign has worked with football clubs, the FA, the Premier League and BT Sport to stand together against domestic abuse and call out the sexist attitudes and behaviour that some fans still exhibit.
“Categorically, football does not cause domestic abuse, the behaviour and actions of abusers who exert power and control over their victims cause domestic abuse. However, domestic abuse does not happen in a cultural vacuum. There’s a clear link between the ‘everyday sexism’ women put up with on a daily basis and the sexual harassment, assault and domestic abuse that women overwhelmingly experience.
“Football is part of our national culture, enjoyed by millions of men, women and children every week. The World Cup is a time when supporters from all clubs come together in support of their national team. That’s why we’re calling for the football community to stand united against domestic abuse and sexism this World Cup. Together, we can send out the powerful message that domestic abuse is always unacceptable and that there is no place for violence in football whether on or off the pitch.”
Join us in standing united against domestic abuse by setting up a regular gift today. Your support will ensure that we are able to reach even more survivors and their children who desperately need our services.
You can also raise awareness about domestic abuse in your local football community by sharing our short film on social media and displaying print posters in your club. Download our resources online here.
If you are worried about your relationship or that of a friend or family member, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
For more information or to arrange interviews with Women’s Aid spokespeople or case studies, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]