Cam­paign to end male vi­o­lence against women

Rochdale Observer - - WILDLIFE -

PEO­PLE across the bor­ough are mak­ing a pledge to end vi­o­lence against women as part of the White Rib­bon cam­paign.

White Rib­bon is an in­ter­na­tional cam­paign that puts men at the fore­front of mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to end male vi­o­lence against women.

Men are asked to wear a white rib­bon, and pledge never to com­mit, ex­cuse or re­main silent about male vi­o­lence against women.

Coun­cil­lors, Tony Lloyd MP and the coun­cil’s se­nior lead­er­ship team made pledges as the 16-day cam­paign be­gan on 25 Novem­ber, which is the United Nations day ded­i­cated to end­ing male vi­o­lence against women.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions across Rochdale are get­ting be­hind the cam­paign in­clud­ing the NHS, GMP and Rochdale Bor­ough­wide Hous­ing, who will be tak­ing part in a fundrais­ing in­ter­a­gency foot­ball tour­na­ment.

Coun­cil­lor Allen Brett, leader of Rochdale Bor­ough Coun­cil, said: “I’m proud to see so many men and women across the bor­ough al­ready sup­port­ing the cam­paign.

“Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is an is­sue 365 days of the year but it is im­por­tant we all take this time to ac­knowl­edge the is­sue and to pledge to take ac­tion.”

In 2017 there were over 4,000 in­ci­dents of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­ported to the po­lice in Rochdale. While do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can af­fect any­one, six out of seven vic­tims are women and two women in the UK are killed each week by a cur­rent or for­mer partner.

Dur­ing the cam­paign there are a num­ber of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence drop in ses­sions tak­ing place across the bor­ough, where any­one can talk about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing shar­ing con­cerns about them­selves or oth­ers.

The coun­cil are also host­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and abuse work­shops for pro­fes­sion­als in Hey­wood and Mid­dle­ton to raise aware­ness of the is­sue with health­care pro­fes­sion­als and com­mu­nity work­ers.

Coun­cil­lor Janet Em­s­ley, cab­i­net mem­ber for neigh­bour­hoods, com­mu­nity and cul­ture at the coun­cil, said: “It is great to see peo­ple across the bor­ough show­ing that both men and women sup­port the vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“If you or some­one you love are a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, take a first step to­day and con­tact Vic­tim Sup­port.”

To speak to some­one anony­mously about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence call Vic­tim Sup­port on 0330 303 0162. Mon­day to Fri­day, 9am-7pm and Satur­day 9am-5pm.

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