Progress Housing Group, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire and the Mayor of South Ribble Borough Council, Councillor Jane Bell have joined together to project the White Ribbon logo, the symbol of the global movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, onto Sumner House on King Street in Leyland this Thursday (10 December).

The logo will be projected for 30 minutes, between 5 and 5.30 pm onto the Group’s Head Office. It is hoped that people will see the logo and recognise it as a clear message that both organisations do not condone domestic abuse and that help is available to those who need it.

Jacqui De-Rose, Chief Executive of Progress Housing Group, said: "It is more important than ever in these challenging times that we make our stance against domestic abuse in a high profile way.

"We urgently need to work together to spread the White Ribbon message and take a stand against domestic abuse towards women and girls. Making sure communities and homes are safe. No one should live in fear."

Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "It's absolutely crucial that we send the message loud and clear that, with thousands of incidents across our county, we will not tolerate domestic abuse in any form. Tackling it falls squarely under my Police and Crime Plan, and I'm proud that my office and partners across Lancashire continue to show this is not an issue we take lightly.

"Violence against women and girls is unacceptable, and shockingly over 90% of domestic abuse is witnessed by children. This has to stop, and anything we can do to tackle the issue and get people talking about it has to be a good thing. "

"I have made specialist support for victims available through Lancashire Victim Services, and I would urge anyone affected to contact the service."

The 10 December is the final day of 16 Days of Action, a campaign that runs alongside the White Ribbon campaign to raises awareness of domestic abuse against women. The 10 December is also international Human Rights Day.

 

In support of both campaigns, the housing group is adding a declaration to 100 of its Property Services, Caretaker, and Progress Living vans, visibly making a stand against domestic abuse. It has also added the White Ribbon logo to its employees' computer desktops and shared daily messages of support and awareness-raising via its social media pages.

If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic abuse or violence and requires emergency safe accommodation and specialist support, you can call the 24-hour South Ribble and Chorley domestic abuse helpline for free, confidential advice seven days a week on 01772 435865.

A text line is available between 10 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday on 07790971237. A live chat is also available at www.clarehouselancashire.org.uk as an alternative way to ask for help should someone not be able to call or feel that it's not safe to call the 24/7 helpline.
For more information on the White Ribbon Campaign, visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk

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