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Domestic violence gets the red card

As the world’s focus turns to football, Women’s Aid this week took the opportunity to launch a new campaign aimed at encouraging the football community to speak out against domestic violence in society.
The campaign, Football United Against Domestic Violence, is backed by Premier League and BT Sport and involves work with football clubs, organisations, players and fans to help raise awareness of the issue.  The launch was attended by MPs, football personalities, celebrities and television presenters.
Polly Neate, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Two women a week are killed by partners or ex-partners. Most people are opposed to domestic violence, but it is not often talked about in public.”
Jayne Kirtley, a family lawyer with Atherton Godfrey, said: “Domestic violence is in fact a criminal act and police will take action to keep victims safe.
“There is shocking evidence to suggest that the rise in domestic violence after England games is as high as 25 per cent – particularly troubling as England head towards their first game.
“We understand that taking that the first step towards being free from domestic violence is an incredibly difficult one, but there is a huge amount of support available. There is also legal support including injunctions, divorce and arrangements for children and legal aid is still available where there is evidence of domestic violence.
Advice on dealing with domestic violence can be found on our website along with contact details for a wide range of support agencies.
If you are considering legal action you can speak to a member of our Family Law team in complete confidence, please call  01302 320621.

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