County takes on do­mes­tic abuse is­sue

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere -

WEST Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil has shown its com­mit­ment to tack­ling do­mes­tic abuse by help­ing Lan­cashire lead the way in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional move­ment.

The White Rib­bon Cam­paign aims to end male vi­o­lence against women.

The author­ity has joined the of­fice of the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner, all the other lo­cal coun­cils in the county and Lan­cashire po­lice in be­com­ing ac­cred­ited as White Rib­bon or­gan­i­sa­tions.

This has led to Lan­cashire be­com­ing the first White Rib­bon county.

For an or­gan­i­sa­tion to gain ac­cred­i­ta­tion, it must have an ac­tion plan to raise aware­ness of the anti-vi­o­lence against women and girls cam­paign.

Key points in the bor­ough coun­cil’s ac­tion plan in­clude:

Im­ple­ment­ing a do­mes­tic abuse pol­icy for all its staff.

En­sur­ing that its train­ing strat­egy in­cludes do­mes­tic abuse aware­ness train­ing for all rel­e­vant front­line staff.

Work with sports clubs and mu­sic venues on how they can in­form men about vi­o­lence against women and girls and en­cour­age them to chal­lenge it.

Cllr Kevin Wright, port­fo­lio holder for health and com­mu­nity safety, said: “I am de­lighted that West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil has played a part in mak­ing Lan­cashire the na­tion’s first White Rib­bon county.

“The bor­ough coun­cil’s ac­tion plan shows our com­mit­ment to this cam­paign against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and we will con­tinue work with part­ners to tackle this ter­ri­ble crime.”

Dave Tilleray, chair­man of the West Lan­cashire Com­mu­nity Safety Part­ner­ship, said: “The part­ner­ship is happy to sup­port the White Rib­bon Cam­paign and we hope men will make their stand to con­demn vi­o­lence against women.”

The county bid for White Rib­bon Cam­paign sta­tus for Lan­cashire was co-or­di­nated by the of­fice of the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner.

PCC Clive Grun­shaw said: “Vi­o­lence against women and girls is un­ac­cept­able and shock­ingly over 90% of do­mes­tic abuse is wit­nessed by chil­dren.

“This has to stop and any­thing we can do to tackle the is­sue and get peo­ple talk­ing about it has to be a good thing.”

The coun­cil is also ac­tive in tack­ling do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is­sues in other ways.

It is play­ing a lead­ing role in the “Don’t be a by­stander” cam­paign which aims to help en­cour­age peo­ple who think that a friend, rel­a­tive or col­league is suf­fer­ing from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, to get sup­port, ad­vice or as­sis­tance.

It also gives some fi­nan­cial sup­port to The Lib­erty Cen­tre (for­merly Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Sup­port Ser­vices West Lan­cashire) and has as­sisted with suc­cess­ful fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to the Gov­ern­ment and other or­gan­i­sa­tions.

For more in­for­ma­tion on do­mes­tic abuse, visit www.west­ do­mes­ticvi­o­lence and the Lib­erty Cen­tre web­site

PCC Clive Grun­shaw next to an ad­vert for Lan­cashire Vic­tim Ser­vices, one of the county’s ways of help­ing vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

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