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Clarets stars back the White Ribbon campaign

Release date: 
Tuesday, 28 November, 2017

Burnley FC stars swapped their claret and blue for claret and white to show their support for a national campaign against domestic violence.

Burnley Football Club is, once again, supporting the White Ribbon campaign to encourage men to pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Burnley is a designated White Ribbon Town, and various organisations have pledged their support in the fight against domestic violence.

Among them is Burnley FC and three of its leading players took time off from training ahead of the big game against Arsenal to throw their support in the campaign to tackle domestic violence.

Steven Defour, James Tarkowski and Chris Wood teamed up at the club’s Gawthorpe training ground to fly the White Ribbon flag as part of 16 days of action against domestic violence.

Local organisers hope others will follow their lead and sign up to support the campaign.

Councillor Lian Pate, Burnley Council’s executive member for community services, said: “A wide range of partners are working all year round to tackle the serious issue of domestic violence across our borough. It’s important to take part in campaigns such as this which bring the issue of domestic violence into the forefront of people’s minds.”

Matt Parish, director of education and inclusion at Burnley FC in the Community, said: “We are pleased to support the White Ribbon campaign. We hope that by helping to shine a light on this issue, we can help create real, positive change.”

Comparing violence committed by women and by men, the British Crime Survey states that the result of men's violence towards women is five times as likely to require medical attention.  Women are four times as likely as men to fear for their lives, and three and a half times as likely to be murdered by a male spouse than vice versa.

If you feel unsafe in your own home, if your partner or other family member is violent or abusive to you, then there is help available.  Visit Lancashire Victim Services website at lancashirevictimservices.org/victims/ for information and advice. You can also get confidential advice and support from an experienced support worker at Burnley SafeNet Domestic Abuse Helpline and Outreach Service tel: 07866 510 728.

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