White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon Day – 25 November

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The White Ribbon Campaign works with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. The Council will be supporting White Ribbon Day on Sunday 25 November 2018, followed by the 16 days of action to the 10 December 2018. Please help mark this period with a special effort to speak to family, friends and co-workers about why men must take a stand against violence towards women. Further information is available here.

 

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

On this day until 10th December is the 16 Days Of Action. During this time we ask men to wear a white ribbon, and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Of course this issue is present all year round, and we never stop campaigning. But it is important to mark this period with events, presentations and a special effort to speak to family, friends and co-workers about why men must take a stand against violence towards women. Join the campaign today and find out how you can do more in your community to mark White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days Of Action.

RESPECT – Keep Your Partners Safe During the World Cup

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The most detailed research into the links between the football World Cup and domestic abuse rates has revealed that in one force area in England and Wales, violent incidents increased by 38% when England lost – but also rose by 26% when they won.

The research, by Lancaster University criminologist Dr Stuart Kirby, a former police officer, monitored police reports of domestic violence during the last three World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

While domestic violence rose after each England game, incidents also increased in frequency at each new tournament. Separate national research examining the 2010 World Cup echoed the Kirby findings – with domestic abuse reports up 27.7% when the England team won a game, and 31.5% when they lost.

Source: The Guardian June 14, 2014.

What can I do?

We know that on average, domestic abuse rises during World Cup season in the UK. As a charity that mobilises men, White Ribbon UK asks men to be active in stopping this from happening. Domestic abuse is not only tragic, it is illegal.

Football clubs will decide how best they can fulfil their responsibilities.

Organisations must send a clear message that violence against women and children is “completely unacceptable”, joining the chorus for equality and justice, and breaking the silence that surrounds violence against women and girls.

Clubs can also work through their Community Foundations to provide “positive role models to younger people in the community, encouraging healthy and non-abusive relationships”.

Stewards must be expected to challenge any sexist or homophobic remarks. Clubs can be encouraged to display the World Cup posters and other White Ribbon posters, which challenge abusive behaviour and sexism.

Let’s be clear on Domestic Abuse!

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lets-be-clearToday is White Ribbon Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

On average, those experiencing domestic abuse live with it for 2 to 3 years without seeking help

The Domestic Abuse Strategic Board launched the Let’s Be Clear campaign this week to coincide with both and  the message is that domestic abuse is more than just physical violence, it includes emotional and psychological abuse. It can happen to anyone, from any background and support is available, for both victims and perpetrators who want to change.

If you are worried about being in an abusive relationship call Calderdale Staying Safe on 01422 323339 or visit calderdale.gov.uk/domesticabuse for free, confidential support.