White Ribbon campaign to help protect women from domestic abuse

Telford & Wrekin Council is urging residents – particularly men - to help protect women from domestic violence by pledging their support for this year’s White Ribbon campaign.

White Ribbon campaign to help protect women from domestic abuse

This year’s campaign will feature people holding up pledge signs with the words #whiteribbon  

White Ribbon Day is a symbolic campaign which demonstrates that domestic abuse is unacceptable.

It sees men - including those in high profile public positions – wearing a symbolic white ribbon to demonstrate that domestic abuse is not acceptable and should not be tolerated.

A number of events are taking place around the borough in the build up to White Ribbon Day on Wednesday November 25 to raise awareness of the campaign.

This includes:

· a social media campaign featuring photographs of prominent people and personaltities in the borough holding up a pledge card

· raising awareness and collecting pledges at sports fixtures including a Telford Tigers game on Sunday 29 November

· a charity football match between the council and the police at the New Bucks Head, also on Sunday 29 November at 1pm. Entrance is free

· a White Ribbon Day Run in Telford Town Park on Saturday November 21

· various events to collect pledges on White Ribbon Day itself including at Southwater One and TCAT

Telford & Wrekin Council leader Councillor Kuldip Sahota said: “I am very proud that here in Telford, we are a White Ribbon Town because that demonstrates our commitment to preventing domestic abuse.

“I would urge residents to pledge their support for the campaign. We have already had a number of local personalities sign up."

“You can pledge your support at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/telford and tweet or post a selfie pledging support.”

Andrew Mason, chairman of Telford and Wrekin’s Safeguarding Children Board, said: “The Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board is proud to support White Ribbon Day as preventing domestic abuse and supporting the victims of domestic abuse is one of our key priorities.”