White Ribbon Status
Council gains White Ribbon status
St. Helens Council and the Community Safety
Partnership have achieved prestigious 'White Ribbon' status.
The national award, from the White Ribbon Campaign UK,
was bestowed for the ongoing campaign - aimed at men - urging an
end to violence against women. Men are encouraged to wear a white
ribbon as a statement of their opposition to violence.
The status is given to authorities which have
demonstrated their commitment to the aims of the campaign by
addressing and altering social norms that lead to violent behaviour
It is also awarded for involving men in prevention
activities, increasing awareness on the issue and providing
services aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic violence.
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 Director of White Ribbon UK Chris Green presented Council
Leader Marie Rimmer with the award during a brief ceremony at St
Helens Town Hall.