Women’s Aid hosts Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign reception at Premier League HQ
Wednesday 8th June 2016
Women’s Aid last night welcomed a range of guests to the Premier League headquarters to celebrate the progress of the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign, ahead of the launch of the UEFA European Championship. Attendees from the worlds of football, politics, film and television came together with survivors of domestic abuse.
The guests included Football United Ambassador and television presenter Charlie Webster; Bill Bush, Director of Policy at the Premier League; Roisin Murphy, Director of Kick It Out; Simone Pound, Head of Equalities at the PFA; Troy Townsend, Education and Development Manager at Kick It Out and father of Newcastle United’s Andros Townsend; Jason Lee, Equalities Education Executive at the PFA and former Premier League player; and TV presenter Michelle Dewberry.
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“We thank the Premier League for their commitment to Football United Against Domestic Violence, and for allowing us to host this important event at their headquarters. We are so proud to be working with footballing organisations such as the Premier League and the PFA to be able to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the importance of healthy relationships. We really appreciate the enthusiasm of our campaign supporters and are looking forward to planning the next steps of the campaign with their support.”
Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime Karen Bradley said:
“Domestic abuse shatters lives and I’m delighted to see the football community taking action to stamp it out. Footballers are role models for millions of people and this campaign is using their influence to draw vital attention to these terrible crimes and to help protect victims. Domestic abuse can affect anyone and everybody has a part to play in confronting it. That is why we have increased funding for violence against women and girls to £80 million over the next four years, created a new offence of coercive and controlling behaviour, and are working to improve the police response to victims.”
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