Preston’s men are being encouraged to make a stand towards ending all forms of male violence against women and girls.Advertisement
Today (Monday 25 November) is White Ribbon Day, and Lancashire County Council will be helping to raise awareness of physical and mental abuse throughout the campaign.
Between April 2018 and March 2019, there were more than 24,000 police incidents in Lancashire involving men abusing women. Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by their current or former partner.
Now in its 14th year, White Ribbon is an international campaign established by men to end male violence against women and girls. This year’s event aims to encourage young men and boys, in particular, to show their support.
The White Ribbon flag will fly above County Hall from today to mark the beginning of the 16 days of action.
Venues including County Hall and the Harris will display the large White Ribbon, where people can pick up a badge and sign a pledge to help to make people aware of this important campaign.
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Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health, said: “The White Ribbon Day message is a very important one.
“White Ribbon is about encouraging men never to commit, condone or stay silent about any form of violence or abuse against women and girls. We’d like everyone to pick up a White Ribbon badge at their local library and sign the pledge to help raise awareness of this important issue.
“The campaign this year is focusing particularly on young men aged 14 to 18 and we’d encourage them to come to their local library or visit the White Ribbon website to find out more.”
The county council is also using the White Ribbon Campaign as an opportunity to look at violence and abuse in a wider sense, not just domestic abuse.
Dr Karunanithi said: “If you are suffering from violence or abuse in any way, whether you’re male or female, young or old, or you know someone who is, we want you to get the help and support you need.
“Abuse comes in many forms and can be physical or mental. It’s important that you contact someone who can help as soon as possible, so you can get the support you need. Always call the emergency services if you think you are in immediate danger.”
For more information about the campaign, visit the White Ribbon website, or become an ambassador or champion.
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If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic abuse and needs support, contact Lancashire Victim Services via their website or call 0303 323 0085.