Our White Ribbon pledge to take a stance against domestic violence
Liz Stanton, Refuge Manager at our charity Key Unlocking Futures, shares what we have been doing to support an annual campaign to stamp out domestic violence:
As we usually do every year, the Group, along with Key Unlocking Futures and Chorley and South Ribble borough councils, has been doing activities to make people aware of the White Ribbon campaign, and the 16 Days of Action. This has been running from 25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women, through to 10 December – Human Rights Day.
You may have seen people wearing white ribbons over the past few weeks. We these will become more recognisable in highlighting that people are signing the pledge – to never commit, condone or bear witness to violence to women and girls.
This year, as the campaign coincided with the World Cup, colleagues from the Group, the refuge and the council have been going round the pubs in Chorley, Leyland, Bamber Bridge, Houghton, Lostock Hall and Penwortham.
We asked the pubs to put out beer mats with the white ribbon pledge on them, and also posters to put up in both toilets, with numbers people could ring if they needed help.
We tried to target the pubs that were showing the FiFA World Cup, and we explained that when football is on, the phone calls to our helplines increase, as do phone calls to the Police from people needing help to escape violence. Every pub was happy to put the mats out and put up the posters, so here's hoping we have a safer world cup for everyone.
Our final activity for the campaign is our stall on Leyland Market, where we were raising awareness and trying to get people to sign the White Ribbon pledge.
- You can listen to Liz's radio interview with BBC Radio Leyland on the White Ribbon campaign, the 16 Days of Action and the work the women's refuges do to support women and children fleeing domestic abuse here
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