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​Chelsea raise money to help domestic abuse victims

Chelsea are working with charity Refuge UK to raise money and awareness for women and children forced to isolate in abusive homes during the coronavirus pandemic, reports Sky Sports.

Experts are warning coronavirus will cause a "domestic abuse pandemic" - last year 1.3m women were victim to domestic abuse in the UK - because self-isolation is likely trigger pre-existing abusive behaviours as well as reducing the window women have to report abuse and seek help.

Chelsea Women's head coach Emma Hayes and players from the men's and women's teams have taken part in a digital campaign to reach out to those in need and let them know they are not alone in isolation.

The West London club have also pledged to match all donations to Refuge UK over the next six weeks to help raise funds for the charity.

Hayes said: "I am proud to lead the club's support of this worthy cause during such a difficult time for so many.

"There are many things for people to deal with in the present climate but it is important we support the vulnerable and those who may feel alone or without a voice.

"I hope this campaign can do that and make a difference to those who need support."

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