25 November is White Ribbon Day, and for the following 16 days Progress Housing Group and its charity partner Key Unlocking Futures 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, the Group have added a declaration to more of our Property Services, Caretaker and Progress Living vans, asking people to take a stand against domestic abuse. It is hoped that the sign will be seen by even more people this year and help raise awareness of the domestic abuse campaign.

Members of Clare House and Chorley Women's Refuge also joined the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Jane Bell to raise a White Ribbon flag at the council's offices in Leyland to show support and raise awareness of the campaign. Clare House is one of South Ribble Borough Council Mayor's chosen charities which she will support during her term of office.

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

Staff from South Ribble and Chorley Women's Refuges will also be hosting a stand outside Leyland Market on Friday (2 December) to raise awareness of the campaign and provide information, advice and guidance about domestic abuse.

South Ribble and Chorley Women's Refuge Manager, Liz Stanton, said:

"Incidents of domestic violence and abuse rose drastically during lockdown, so this year's White Ribbon campaign is especially important.

Incidents like the murder of Sarah Everard, and the 81 women killed in the 28 weeks following, are tragic and irreversible, but future incidents can be preventable if we all come together and act now.

The White Ribbon and the 16 Days of Action campaigns gives a 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."

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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