Hardyal Dhindsa with Chief Constable Mick Creedon
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa today added his weight behind a national campaign urging men to publicly declare their support for stamping out violence against women.
The PCC joined Chief Constable Mick Creedon, Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer Terry McDermott and the Chair of Derbyshire Fire Authority, Steve Marshall-Clarke in wearing a white ribbon as he renewed his personal promise never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
The symbolic signing was organised in support of the White Ribbon Campaign - the largest movement of its kind in the world calling on men to announce their abhorrence of violence against women.
White ribbons are also being distributed to senior officers across the force in support of the campaign.
Protecting vulnerable women and girls from violence is one of the Commissioner’s top priorities and he continues to invest in projects which aim to reduce the risk of harm and help survivors recover as well as promote healthy relationship behaviour.
As part of his support for the campaign, the Commissioner will be visiting volunteers and staff at the Escape Domestic Abuse Support Service in Heanor on Friday 25th November to talk to men signing up to the national pledge.
The event is being held on White Ribbon Day and will shine a spotlight on the advice services the charity provides to protect women and help them flee abuse. Since it launched four years ago, the organisation has provided support to more than 1500 people.
Mr Dhindsa said: “I’m proud to renew my pledge to this campaign and send out a positive message that violence towards women is never acceptable.
“For every woman who reports her ordeal to police, many more continue to suffer in silence and I want these victims to know how much we care and want to help them when they’re ready.
“It’s impossible to comprehend the anguish that victims of perpetual violence face and breaking the barrier of fear is one of our biggest challenges. This very powerful campaign shows that society is listening and taking notice.
“No one deserves to live in constant fear and I applaud the men who are making a stand against violence this week and helping to raise awareness of the plight of vulnerable women across the world. I hope their efforts guide more women to seek help and take steps towards a safer future.”
White Ribbon Day, also known as the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, encourages men to take more responsibility for reducing the level for the level of violence against women.
It encourages men and boys to wear a white ribbon as a visible pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Domestic violence statistics show that 70% of incidents result in injury and that on average, two women in England and Wales are killed by a partner every week.
To coincide with White Ribbon Week, the Christian Police Association is launching its Christmas Appeal to staff which this year supports two Derbyshire Domestic Violence refuges.
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Posted on Friday 25th November 2016