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Leyton Orient players help ‘tackle’ violence against women and girls

In the run up to their clash against Bradford City last Saturday, players from Leyton Orient football club helped spread the word on tackling violence against women and girls.

The club has supported Waltham Forest Council’s work in raising awareness of the issue since last November, and on Saturday players sported White Ribbon – the official symbol of the global campaign to end violence against women and girls – t-shirts during their warm up session.

The White Ribbon campaign was originally set up by a group of men in Canada in 1991, and since then the Council has set up its own anti-Violence Against Women and Girls pledge, which has since been signed by over 400 local men including Leyton Orient striker Kevin Lisbie, on behalf of his club.

On Saturday, Council and Victim Support staff spoke to fans about the issue and encouraged them to sign up to the pledge to demonstrate that they will “never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women”.

Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, was at the match. He said: “The fans were overwhelmingly positive about our anti-Violence Against Women and Girls pledge, and we collected hundreds of signatures.

“In the run up to the World Cup we will be continuing our efforts to raise awareness and challenge attitudes because even in 2014, two women on average are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales.”

To find out how you can sign up to the Council’s anti-Violence Against Women and Girls pledge, contact the Community Safety team on 020 8496 3000 or visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/community-safety.

If you, or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence you can report it confidentially, 24 hours a day, to the National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247.

Major football tournaments have, in the past, caused an increase in domestic violence so information about other Council events in the run up to the World Cup will be made available in the coming weeks.

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1. For more information contact Emily Blackshaw, Waltham Forest press office, on 020 8496 4445 or email Emily.blackshaw@walthamforest.gov.uk

2. On average, two women a week in England and Wales are killed by a violent partner or ex-partner according to the Office for National Statistics’ Crime Survey.

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