Campaign to end male violence against women
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.