5:00pm Tuesday 4th December 2012
BURNLEY players helped to tackle domestic violence by filming a video shown to fans at half-time of the East Lancashire derby on Sunday.
It is shown that after sporting events domestic violence incidents increase, so the club used Sunday’s game with Blackburn Rovers to get the message across.
The club and their programme for education, sport and society have teamed up with the White Ribbon Campaign and Burnley Community Safety Partnership to tackle domestic violence on match days.
They have produced a video featuring players, management and chief executive Lee Hoos all showing their support for the campaign.
Paul Brannigan, of the White Ribbon Campaign, said: “The White Ribbon Campaign charity encourages men and boys to not commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence.
“Statistics show that domestic violence increases after a big sporting event. “The Burnley v Blackburn Rovers game was a big event locally, meaning women may have faced a greater risk of domestic violence.”
Jonathan Sibley, chief executive officer of Burnley FC Programme for Education, Sport and Society, said: “Statistics show our home games do affect women locally and we wanted to counteract this by partnering with the White Ribbon Campaign to encourage our male fans to play their part in helping to reduce the risk of violence against women in their homes.”
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