Local men urged to sign pledge
St.Helens men are being invited to make a stand - and show they
are totally opposed to violence against women.
Today (25 November) organisers of the White Ribbon campaign
want to see as many of them as possible sign a personal pledge that
they will never commit, condone or remain silent about men's
violence against women.
The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the UK branch of the global
campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the
level of violence against women.
The 25 November was designated as the International Day Against
Violence Against Women in 1981. In 1999 the United Nations General
Assembly designated the date as International Day for the
Elimination of Violence Against Women.
In St.Helens, local organisers will be marking the day with a
council-backed stall in Church Square (outside the Halifax Building
Society) where male residents will be encouraged to sign the pledge
and/or discuss the issue.
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Safer Communities and Youth,
Councillor Sue Murphy said: "Along with our community safety
partners, we fully support the aims of the White Ribbon Campaign.
We continue to work to identify those who are victims of male
violence and strive to ensure we hold perpetrators of violence to
account for their actions.
"We want to become a White Ribbon Council - and have developed
an action plan to deliver on this commitment. However, we need the
support of males throughout the community to make this happen."
"Most men are not violent towards women, but many just ignore
the problem - or see it as something which doesn't have anything to
do with them. But by signing the White Ribbon pledge they will be
agreeing never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's
violence against women."
Domestic violence factfile
In St Helens there were over 4,000 calls made to the
police to report a domestic incident in 2010-11, and it remains a
key priority for St Helens Community Safety Partnership and both
Adult and Children's Safeguarding Boards.
Domestic violence and abuse can take many forms - physical,
sexual, psychological, emotional or financial. Research shows
- One in four women will experience domestic violence or abuse
from an intimate or ex-partner.
- Two women are killed in the UK every week by their partner or
- Every year at least one million women experience at least one
incident of domestic abuse - nearly 20,000 a week.
- 40 per cent of young people have experienced domestic violence
in their relationships.
- One in five teenage girls have been raped by their teenage
- Nearly one million children witness domestic violence in their
homes every year.
- 30 per cent of domestic violence starts or escalates when a
woman is pregnant.
- Research suggests there can be up to 35 incidents before a
woman will call the police.
Click here to
find out more about the White Ribbon campaign.
to find out more about the UN's International Day for the
Elimination of Violence against Women