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Making a stand against domestic violence towards women

27 November 2015

Fire engines and staff will be sporting white ribbons as Humberside Fire and Rescue Service shows its support for action against domestic violence.

Making a stand against domestic violence towards women

White Ribbon day

White Ribbon day is on Wednesday 25 November. This is the International day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, which is followed by 16 days of action ending on Thursday 10 December.

Support Hull’s White Ribbon campaign to help try and get 24,690 people to sign the White Ribbon pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women and girls.

Sign the pledge NOW by clicking here

We have set this target for the city as it is estimated that there are 24,690 women and 18,468 children living with domestic abuse each year. Help us stamp out violence against women, girls and children within our community.

Nationally it is estimated 1.2 million women experience domestic violence every year and that around 400,000 were victims of sexual assault. Each year in Hull around 24,690 women experience domestic abuse. Humberside police respond to between 550 and 650 calls every month. Last year domestic abuse services in the city supported over 2700 women and their children.

The White Ribbon campaign is an educational campaign by men aimed at men. The wearing of a white ribbon is a statement of men’s opposition to violence against women. Hull’s White Ribbon campaign was launched on Friday 13 February at the Hull FC versus Warrington Wolves rugby league match at the KC Stadium and Hull has also been accredited with the prestigious White Ribbon City award. From Monday 9 March a White Ribbon plaque is on display in The Guildhall entrance.

The agencies involved in the White Ribbon bid and accreditation included Hull City Council, University of Hull, NSPCC, Womens Aid and Preston Road Womens Centre.

How to show your support

Wearing a white ribbon

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. Support the campaign and the city by signing the pledge.

How to become an ambassador

We have recruited a number of male White Ribbon ambassadors who aim to raise awareness to as many people as possible through their workplaces and local communities.

If you would like to become an ambassador or nominate someone else to get involved you can email us on strengthtochange@hullcc.gov.uk