People are being urged to pledge their support to help end domestic abuse on International White Ribbon Day on November 25.
Domestic abuse statistics show that 70 per cent of incidents result in injury, and on average, two women in England and Wales are killed by a partner every week and one man every three weeks. This campaign aims to encourage everyone to take a share of the responsibility in putting an end to domestic abuse.
Karen Evans, chair of the North East Hants Domestic Abuse Forum, said: “White Ribbon Day is an excellent way to raise awareness of domestic abuse through encouraging people to wear a visible sign that they will never commit, condone or remain silent about violence to women. Sadly, many people live in fear within their own homes and close relationships and this can affect all areas of their life.
“Domestic abuse can affect us all in different ways and men are also victims. We are all likely to know someone who is suffering, as victims keep the secret to themselves and are often ashamed.”
There are various local activities planned to mark White Ribbon Day, including:
• A stand in the Wellington Centre, Aldershot, on November 25, from 9.30am-3pm, where volunteers will be available to provide information, sell ribbons, and share their own stories.
• A stall in The Malls shopping centre, in Basingstoke, on November 25, from 9.30am-3pm, to raise awareness of the Taking Steps Project, and to promote White Ribbon Day. Taking Steps works with men and women victims of domestic abuse, men and women perpetrators of domestic abuse, and with children and young people affected by abuse.
• Hampshire Constabulary is supporting International White Ribbon Day by encouraging all officers and staff across the organisation to wear a white ribbon and sign the pledge.
Female victims can call Women’s Aid on 0808 200 0247, male victims can call the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327, same-sex victims can call Broken Rainbow on 0300 999 5428 and anyone worried about their own abusive or controlling behaviour can call Respect on 0808 802 4040.
Anyone in immediate danger should call 999.
The North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum website, www.nehantsdvf.co.uk, offers more advice and a full list of local support services.