Lewes sports clubs help to kick domestic abuse into touch

Speaking out: Cllr Ashley Price and campaigner Madelaine Hunter
Speaking out: Cllr Ashley Price and campaigner Madelaine Hunter

Both Lewes Rugby and Football Clubs – and Seaford Rugby Club – will tomorrow (Saturday) be promoting the White Ribbon Campaign at their fixtures, to raise awareness of domestic abuse on women by men.

Each match will be attended by Ambassadors of the Community Safety Partnership.

Lewes Town Council’s anti-domestic abuse champion, Cllr Ashley Price, and domestic abuse campaigner, Madelaine Hunter, will be at Lewes Rugby Club’s games (1st XV v Charlton Park, 2nd XV v Crowborough).

Cllr Price will be giving a brief talk to the team and guests about the White Ribbon Campaign, while Madelaine will tell of her experiences as a survivor of domestic abuse.

He said: “It is great that local sporting teams have got behind the campaign. Despite the fact that one in four women is the victim of abuse at some point in their lives, this is often a secret crime.

“Incidents go unreported as victims don’t want to cause trouble, or believe the abuse is their fault.

“Friends and neighbours often don’t report suspected abuse because they don’t want to get involved.”