Rushcliffe Borough Council has given its backing to the White Ribbon Campaign, supporting the ending of men’s violence against women and girls.
In a year when COVID-19 has seen the demand for domestic abuse helpline and charities surge by up to a third, the authority is seeking to help the national drive to raise awareness of the issue.
It saw male workers across the Council prominently wearing white ribbons today (Wednesday) to show their support for the campaign including Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods Cllr Rob Inglis.
Domestic abuse is not just physical violence, it can also be psychological, financial, emotional and controlling or coercive behaviour.
It is important that those in these situations reach out to family, friends or others they trust, and, in an emergency, residents should call the police on 999.
Cllr Inglis said: “The easiest way to show support for the White Ribbon campaign is to wear a white ribbon every day. It’s a great way to start a conversation about the campaign in the movement to end male violence against women.
“While anyone can experience domestic abuse or sexual violence, the majority of victims and survivors are women who have experienced abuse by a man.
“Domestic Abuse is the most prevalent form of gender-based violence, with one in four women experiencing domestic abuse from a man.
“As incidents of domestic violence and abuse rose drastically during lockdown, this year’s White Ribbon campaign is especially important.
“Not all men are violent towards women but all men can help stop it. Please play your part.”
Take the pledge to ‘Never commit, condone, excuse or remain silent about Male Violence against women’.
In the UK 38,000 people have already taken the pledge. Join them at https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise
Meanwhile Rushcliffe businesses and organisations are continuing to be encouraged to sign up to free J9 Domestic Abuse mission training to increase understanding and awareness surrounding the issue.
The initiative was set up in memory of Janine Mundy (AKA J9), a mother of two, who was killed by her estranged husband.
It aims to provide training to staff in the public and voluntary sectors to increase understanding and awareness, equipping learners to respond appropriately and effectively to survivors of abuse and signpost them to access support.
Once staff have been J9 trained, the J9 logo is displayed on the organisation’s premises, letting survivors know that they have a safe place to access information and use a telephone to contact support services.
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