Men encouraged to take a stand against domestic violence
Telford & Wrekin Council are continuing the fight against domestic abuse and other crimes of violence against women and girls for White Ribbon Day 2021.
White Ribbon Day takes place on 25 November and is a unique campaign specifically aimed at encouraging men to take a stand.
As part of the campaign, men are encouraged to pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about any form of male violence against women or girls.
Cllr Richard Overton, Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Community Safety and Customer Services, said:
"The majority of men are well-meaning and respectful, and only a minority of men perpetrate violence - yet nearly all violent crime is perpetrated by men.
"There have been some shocking news stories this year featuring male violence against women, and we should be taking a stand against this now more than ever.
"Being silent makes us very much part of the problem - men need to call out behaviour that is not acceptable.
"I will be wearing a white ribbon to highlight this pledge, and I encourage others to do so."
Cllr Rae Evans, cabinet lead for the prevention of domestic abuse, said:
"Telford and Wrekin Council takes all domestic abuse seriously, whether committed by men or women.
"Telford has been a White Ribbon town since 2011, an accreditation given to organisations that show commitment to protecting not only those women who are victims of domestic abuse, but also those who are the victims and survivors of a range of other crimes, such as trafficking, that inequality in society perpetuates.
"For the next 16 days, until 10 December, we will continue the fight against male violence against women - our White Ribbon Facebook page will be sharing advice, real stories and an interview with Rachel Williams, the renowned domestic abuse activist and survivor.
"Southwater will be lit up white to mark the occasion.
"We will also be applying white ribbon town stickers to local buses, taxis, West Midlands Police vehicles and council fleet vehicles.
"To ensure our employees are better protected and supported from domestic abuse, we've updated our domestic abuse policies.”
Cllr Rae Evans, added:
"Protecting and caring for victims of domestic abuse is a top priority for the council all year round, and so I'd also like to remind people that help is out there.
"If you, or someone you know, are experiencing abuse, you're not alone. It is important to speak to someone, anyone. Help is available."
Local support in Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin, is available through the Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service: call 0300 303 1191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Mercia Women's Aid runs a 24-hour Domestic Abuse Helpline and a live chat service for those who need to talk 'silently.' Call: 0800 783 1359 or visit http://www.westmerciawomensaid.org/
The importance of speaking to someone about your situation, even if it's just a friend, can save a life.
Jenny, a survivor of domestic abuse whose name has been changed to protect her identity, explained:
"My boss at work could obviously see something was wrong, and she would ask probing questions about how the kids were.
"Eventually, we built a bond where I felt that I could talk to her - she saved my life."
"Men need to take a stand - they are a victim of violence as much as women are.
"Taking a stand makes it more difficult for people to get away with violence and abuse because people recognise it more easily.
"It also makes it easier for people to ask for help."
Taking a stand against violence to women
David Sidaway, Chief Executive of Telford and Wrekin Council, and Cllr Richard Overton, Cabinet Member for Enforcement, Community Safety and Customer Services - making their pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about any form of male violence against women or girls.