Fifteen pubs across the Braintree district have signed up to support a campaign aimed at raising awareness and reducing the level of domestic abuse and excessive drinking during the World Cup.
Launched by the Braintree District Community Safety Partnership, a partnership of local authorities, police and fire services, health authorities and the voluntary sector, the ‘Footballs’ no excuse’ campaign will run across fifteen supporting pubs with members of staff wearing t-shirts supporting the campaign.
Councillor Wendy Schmitt said: "Nationally, the incidences of domestic abuse increase by 30% following a football match, there is also a culture in this country of associating football with drinking and with over 1.2 million people a year ending up in hospital specifically because of alcohol.
"Domestic Abuse is an on-going priority of the Community Safety Partnership and the message from this campaign is very simple, football is no excuse.”
Karen Dedman, manager at the Bull pub in Braintree, said: “We pride ourselves on being a responsible retailer so it is only right we support this important campaign.
"We are looking forward to welcoming customers who can enjoy a warm and friendly atmosphere during the World Cup at the Bull.”