Wyre Forest District Council is backing a global campaign to raise awareness of male violence against women and girls.

Each year thousands of people stand up, speak out and say no to violence and abuse. This year is more important than ever with a significant increase in violence, harassment and abuse during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sixteen Days of Action starts on Wednesday 25 November, the International Day for the elimination of violence against Women and will run through until Human Rights Day on Thursday 10 December.

During the campaign the council, which has been awarded White Ribbon Status, is encouraging residents to sign the White Ribbon pledge and speak out against violence and abuse.

Wyre Forest District Council has pledged its support to the campaign and its Safer Wyre Forest team is coordinating local plans that will involve working with schools and organisations to raise awareness of what domestic abuse is and what help is available.

Anyone over the age of 14 can pledge their support by making the promise online at https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise.

During the campaign there will be regular updates on Twitter and Facebook, information will also be sent to parents of local schoolchildren.

Men can be victims too, although in lower numbers. In Worcestershire the campaign is saying NO to domestic abuse of all kinds. There’s a dedicated number for women (24 hr), 0800 980 3331 and another for men 0800 014 9082.

Councillor Helen Dyke, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Community Protection said: “This year’s White Ribbon campaign is a little bit different due to COVID-19. We have seen cases of domestic violence increase during the Coronavirus pandemic so I would encourage everyone to take the pledge.

“We want to reach as many people as possible to highlight what domestic abuse is and how people who may be suffering in silence can get the help they need. For more information about Safer Wyre Forest please visit www.nwcsp.org or follow them on Twitter @saferwyreforest and Facebook.”