Supporting White Ribbon Day and 16 Days of Action
We would like to thank all of our wonderful colleagues who have joined us in supporting the White Ribbon Day and 16 Days of Action campaigns.
Every year the Group, and in particular, South Ribble and Chorley Women's Refuges, campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the support available to victims of it.
While anyone can experience domestic abuse or sexual violence regardless of their age, race, sex, gender identity, sexuality, (dis)ability, wealth, or lifestyle, the majority of victims/survivors are women who have experienced abuse by a man. One in three women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime.
This year's campaigns aim to highlight how we can all make a difference by speaking up and helping to educate those around us.
If you would like to make the White Ribbon promise to: "Never commit, condone, excuse or remain silent about Male Violence against women." You can sign the pledge here.
Here's what a few of our colleagues had to say on why they chose to support these campaigns:
"A lot of people have been locked down in their homes for the last eighteen months, and relationships for some have not been easy. In some cases, this has led to abuse being hidden away and not talked about. I hope that having the White Ribbon Day pledge on my van shows support for women who have suffered abuse. Women shouldn't have to suffer in silence; hopefully, seeing the sign might give them the courage to reach out.
"I think it's important to be vigilant and aware of the issues in our society and to let women know that there is help out there. We shouldn't ignore abuse or be afraid to report it, I have daughters, and I worry about them. I think it's important to show respect to women; call me old fashioned, but that's the way I was brought up."
Andrew, Progress Caretaker
"I PROMISE TO NEVER COMMIT, EXCUSE OR REMAIN SILENT ABOUT MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Some might say, "why should I? I never would" – I say, ok so what's the problem in just saying it out loud. Others might say, "what about violent women" – I say, I'm a man; I can only promise to do my bit.
"It's generally accepted that one in three or four women between 16-60 will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. It's a sobering thought to look around at your colleagues and think that a third of the people in the room might become abused or an abuser.
"Domestic abuse is still very much a hidden crime. We are fortunate to have South Ribble and Chorley Women's Refuges that do fantastic work in dealing with the consequences of domestic abuse, but it's also a shame that we need such places. If I can do my bit to bring attention to this issue by sticking my head over the parapet and saying a few words, then it's absolutely worth it.
"I encourage you to make the White Ribbon promise too."
Andy, Contracts Surveyor
"I understand it has been difficult for everyone recently to be in a national lockdown, confining couples and families to their homes. However, this is no reason for domestic violence to take place; I believe all women should never experience any form of violence from males. I also strongly believe in supporting any females or males suffering from physical or mental abuse. I think victims should always feel they can speak out and seek support and receive the help they need. I think the White Ribbon and 16 Days of Action campaigns are fantastic for raising awareness."
Frazer, Progress Living Maintenance Caretaker
"As more and more domestic abuse cases come to the forefront, it is imperative that your voice is heard, especially if you come across any form of domestic violence. I see the White Ribbon campaign as a great platform for people to find out where they can gain support and advice."
Dave, Progress Living Maintenance Caretaker
"The White Ribbon and 16 Days of Action campaigns aren't women-only campaigns; they ask men to get involved and help raise awareness of the campaigns by pledging to never commit violence against women. It's great that Progress Housing Group, South Ribble Borough Council, Key Unlocking Futures and our refuges support the campaigns every year. Helping to raise awareness of the campaigns within the local community and to let people know that there is local support out there is so important. This year, our refuge, Clare House, is also one of the Mayoress's chosen charities, and we are incredibly proud to have her support."
Marj, Refuge Support Worker
If you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic abuse 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 also available between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday on 07790971237, and a live chat is available at www.clarehouselancashire.org.uk as an alternative way to ask for help should someone not be able to text or feel that it's not safe to call the 24/7 helpline.
- The National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. Visit the helpline website to access further information, a contact form and the live chat service.
- If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.
- If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be an abuser, support is available. The Respect Phoneline is an anonymous and confidential helpline for men and women who are harming their partners and families: 0808 802 4040.
For more information on the White Ribbon campaign, visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk