ASDA supports lifelines for victims of domestic violence
Charities and groups got a helping hand from the Asda St Helens
today (7th November), when they were awarded with funding from the
St.Helens Council Mobile phone appeal received a cheque for £200,
which will be spent on buying mobile phones to give to people who
are at risk from domestic violence.
Rod Jones, Safer Communities Manager said "men and women who are
living with the threat of domestic violence are often too scared to
make that crucial call for help, and a big part of that is the fear
that the call could be traced by their abuser. By giving these
individuals mobile phones, they have that vital link to services
that can offer them advice, support or even an immediate refuge
from the violence."
This scheme forms part of the "White Ribbon Campaign", which aims
to raise awareness of the issue of Domestic Violence and encourage
men and women to make a pledge to make a stand against Domestic
St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Environmental Protection and
Safer Communities Councillor Richard McCauley said: "In St Helens
there are over 4,000 domestic abuse calls are made to the police
every year - which is completely unacceptable.
"Although both men and women can be victims - and our
Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy service supports both males
and females - women are far more likely to suffer multiple
incidents of abuse and sexual violence. Around one in four women
will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime."
The campaign will culminate in a "Walk a Mile in her Shoes"
campaign, where men will walk from the Town Hall to Asda on
Thursday 22nd November-wearing high heels. There will then be the
opportunity for the public to sign the pledge at store, and be
entered into a draw for a chance to win Saints' Captain Paul
Wellens' 2012 shirt - signed & framed.
Cheques for £50 each were also awarded to PERTH centre, Thatto
Heath, towards their refurbishment costs. The Wilson's Disease
Association also received £50, which will support them in raising
awareness of Wilson's Disease.
For further information about the white ribbon campaign and to sign
the online pledge, please visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/whiteribbon