MP raises awareness of domestic violence
AS part of 16 days of action following the UN’s Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Nia Griffith MP is campaigning to raise awareness of domestic violence. She also attended the parliamentary launch of White Ribbon UK’s new campaign film “If Love Hurts” last Wednesday.
Miss Griffith said: “White Ribbon’s poignant short film explores the tragedies and complexities of violence that takes place within relationships.
“Two women are killed by a current or former partner every week in England and Wales, and almost all victims of domestic violence are women. These facts are absolutely shocking, and they show how far we still have to go to eradicate the scourge of domestic violence.
“I pay tribute to White Ribbon for reaching out to men through role models like sportsmen to try to change the culture and attitudes that often lead to the mistreatment of women. I wear my white ribbon as a pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. It is also a reminder that we must do everything we can to call out this behaviour when we see it.
White Ribbon UK’s film ‘If Love Hurts’ was written and directed by Peter Giblin. It was launched on November 1 and screened at the House of Commons on November 28 to an audience of MPs.
Anthea Sully, chief executive at White Ribbon UK said: “For real change to occur, men must understand the systems in place that give rise to toxic masculinity and male violence towards women. This film powerfully shows the impact of abuse in all its forms in relationships.
“White Ribbon UK asks men to take responsibility in ending male violence against women by being active bystanders, calling out abuse and sexism among their peers; talking openly about the male cultures that can lead to abuse and why men must take a stand against them.”
Nia Griffith at White Ribbon UK’s event in Parliament.