Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
In a double gesture of support for domestic abuse victims, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and his Deputy Hardyal Dhindsa signed the White Ribbon pledge while visiting a charity’s service for survivors in Heanor.
White Ribbon Day on Wednesday (November 25) aims to raise awareness of the campaign and encourage more men to support the cessation of violence against women.
“Signing the pledge during our visit to Escape in Heanor underlined how strongly we feel about the need for men never to condone or ignore violence against women. It’s so important for men to stand up and talk about this hideous crime and the awful impact it has so that everyone acknowledges that it is totally unacceptable,” Commissioner Charles said.
Escape is a domestic abuse service which has been up and running for nearly three years, during which time it has supported 500 people. “Support like this is simply fantastic and so very valuable,” Mr Charles said. “It offers a life-line to people who are at the end of their tether and often isolated, giving them the help, understanding and direction that they so desperately need.”
Dena Trossell heads up the Escape service. She welcomed the support of the PCC and Deputy PCC saying: “To end violence against women we need a culture change. It’s so important for men to speak out about it and by doing so, raise awareness of specialist local support services. By wearing the White Ribbon Alan and Hardyal show their commitment to ending domestic abuse.”
The service is part of local charity Salcare which, founded 35 years ago, has a foodbank, a community kitchen where people can come for a hot meal, an inexpensive laundry facility, a furniture warehouse and a community shop. Also provided is specialist advice on housing and benefits.
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Posted on Monday 23rd November 2015