Progress Housing Group takes a stand against domestic abuse


From 25 November to 10 December 2020, we will be supporting 16 Days of Action, an international campaign to take action against domestic abuse and violence.

The White Ribbon campaign runs alongside the 16 Days of Action as a global movement to end male violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women.

In support of both campaigns, we will be adding a declaration to 100 of our Property Services, Caretaker and Progress Living vans, asking people to take a stand against domestic abuse. It is hoped that the new signs will capture people's attention and raise awareness of the domestic abuse campaign.

We will also, in partnership with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, project the White Ribbon logo onto our Sumner House office on the evening of Thursday 10 December. This act will display both organisations' support of the White Ribbon campaign and will be a clear message to those who are experiencing domestic abuse, and that help is available to them.

We will be adding the White Ribbon logo to all of our employees’ computer desktops as a reminder of the campaign and our support of it and will share daily messages of support and awareness-raising via our social media pages during the 16-day campaign.

Progress Housing Group's Refuge Manager, Liz Stanton, said: "Since the lockdown in March, it's been reported that suspected domestic abuse killings in the UK have increased. The National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help.

"The White Ribbon and the 16 Days of Action campaigns give us a great platform to spread the message that anyone can be affected by domestic abuse, stalking, and harassment and that help and support is available.

"We want to reach as many people as possible to highlight what domestic abuse is and how people who may be suffering in silence can get the help they need."

"Please join us in supporting these campaigns and make the promise to never commit, excuse, or remain silent about domestic violence against women."

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.”

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 7 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.