MP raises aware­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

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.

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