Council leaders in Wyre Forest are backing this year’s White Ribbon campaign to tackle domestic abuse in the area.
They are joining councils from across the county to support the annual campaign which is being coordinated locally by The Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.
The campaign runs from Friday 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to Saturday 10 December, International Human Rights Day.
During this period supporters will be urging people to wear a white ribbon, and talk to their family and friends about domestic violence in the hope that people who are experiencing problems will know they are not alone and will know where to find help.
This year’s campaign will feature a lot of activity on social media, and Wyre Forest District Councillors and staff will be encouraged to support the campaign on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #LeadersSayNo.
Wyre Forest District Council and Safer Wyre Forest have supported the annual White Ribbon campaign for the last 10 years and in 2015 was officially awarded “White Ribbon” status by the National White Ribbon charity. A plaque is displayed at Wyre Forest House in Kidderminster .
This year’s campaign will involve sessions on healthy relationships in high schools and awareness raising in primary schools and children’s centres across the Wyre Forest District and Hagley.
The Community Ambassadors (a group of 77 young people from Wyre Forest and Hagley High Schools) have played a proactive role in planning activities to advise their peers about domestic abuse and where to go for help if they feel they need it.
There will also be an awareness raising stand in the Swan Centre, Kidderminster, from 10am until 12 noon on Thursday 1 December.
Councillor Juliet Smith, Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said: “Domestic violence can take many forms and can be both verbal and physical. One in four women – and one in six men – will experience it during their lifetime.
“By wearing a white ribbon – and making a pledge to the White Ribbon campaign - we’re showing that we don’t keep quiet, accept or condone violence or abuse.
“I hope as many people as possible wear a white ribbon and join the campaign. I’d like to thank everyone at Safer Wyre Forest and partners across Worcestershire for all their hard work and dedication in tackling domestic abuse.”
Councillor Smith is pictured right, with Hilary Hollis, project officer with Safer Wyre Forest.
Say NO to domestic abuse and make your pledge at www.whiteribbon.co.uk/worcestershire. You can also follow the social media campaign using #whiteribbon and #LeadersSayNO.
If you need help and support contact the 24 hour Worcestershire Domestic Abuse helpline (for men and women) on 0800 980 3331.
For more information about Safer Wyre Forest please visit www.nwcsp.org or follow them on Twitter @saferwyreforest.