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Council makes a stand against violence towards women

White ribbon day 2020

Gateshead Council is supporting the White Ribbon Day campaign to help address men's violence against women and children and put a stop to it.

The council is backing the educational campaign and is encouraging employees, the public and its partners to wear white in solidarity of women and to wear a white ribbon for the 16 days of the campaign if they can. The wearing of a white ribbon is a statement of men's opposition to violence against women.

Nationally it's estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16 to 74 experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.6 million women and 786,000 men*) and so far this year Gateshead's Domestic Abuse team have received 3269 requests for support. 

The coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent lockdowns, have seen an increase in violence against women. In June the National Domestic Abuse Helpline which ordinarily logs around 270 calls every day, saw an increase of 77% during June 2020.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Chair of the Gateshead Community Safety Board said "Violence against women affects all of us and it is more important than ever to tackle it. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Whilst the work continues all year round, we urge men (and women) and boys to wear a ribbon for one or two weeks starting on 25 November to mark international day for the eradication of violence against women.

"Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse, at any time in their life and it is important to understand that there are many kinds of abuse. Recognising that you, or someone you know, is being harmed or mistreated is the first step to getting help. If you're worried about your situation or someone you know you must get support. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0191 433 3333 or visit Domestic abuse. If you are in immediate danger or suspect someone else is always call 999."

To mark the start of the White Ribbon campaign The Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit white on Wednesday 25 November.

*source Office of National Statistics

 

White ribbon day 2020
18 November 2020

Gateshead Council is supporting the White Ribbon Day campaign to help address men's violence against women and children and put a stop to it.

The council is backing the educational campaign and is encouraging employees, the public and its partners to wear white in solidarity of women and to wear a white ribbon for the 16 days of the campaign if they can. The wearing of a white ribbon is a statement of men's opposition to violence against women.

Nationally it's estimated 2.4 million adults aged 16 to 74 experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.6 million women and 786,000 men*) and so far this year Gateshead's Domestic Abuse team have received 3269 requests for support. 

The coronavirus pandemic, and the subsequent lockdowns, have seen an increase in violence against women. In June the National Domestic Abuse Helpline which ordinarily logs around 270 calls every day, saw an increase of 77% during June 2020.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Chair of the Gateshead Community Safety Board said "Violence against women affects all of us and it is more important than ever to tackle it. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Whilst the work continues all year round, we urge men (and women) and boys to wear a ribbon for one or two weeks starting on 25 November to mark international day for the eradication of violence against women.

"Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse, at any time in their life and it is important to understand that there are many kinds of abuse. Recognising that you, or someone you know, is being harmed or mistreated is the first step to getting help. If you're worried about your situation or someone you know you must get support. Call our 24-hour helpline on 0191 433 3333 or visit Domestic abuse. If you are in immediate danger or suspect someone else is always call 999."

To mark the start of the White Ribbon campaign The Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit white on Wednesday 25 November.

*source Office of National Statistics

 

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