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Standing together against gender-based violence

Published November 23, 2022 9.52am

Residents across County Durham are being urged to stand together in the fight against domestic abuse ahead of Friday's White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon Day 2023

Cllr Alan Shield, Cabinet member for equality and inclusion, and Amanda Healy, Director of Public Health, with council staff members.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women marks the start of a 16-day campaign, raising awareness of domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence. 

Having recently gained the prestigious White Ribbon Accreditation for our commitment as an employer to promoting gender equality and offering a range of support to staff affected by abuse, we are encouraging residents to support the campaign.

Officers will be in Durham Market Place on Friday 25 November, between 10am and 2pm, taking part in a series of football-based activities, in line with this year's White Ribbon theme of #TheGoal, which coincides with the FIFA World Cup. 

They will be encouraging everyone, especially men and boys, to sign the White Ribbon pledge and promise never to use, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. Staff from Harbour, the council's commissioned domestic abuse service, will be joining officers to share information on the support available to anyone affected by domestic abuse.

Cllr Alan Shield, the council's Cabinet member for equality and inclusion, said: "As a council we recognise that anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, including men. That's why we commission services for everyone who may be affected.  However, to mark this World Cup White Ribbon Day, there has never been a better time for us to come together to end violence against women and girls. Let's blow the whistle on abuse.

"All men can share our goal to end violence and domestic abuse. If you have, or think you might hurt someone, or you are suffering from domestic abuse, please reach out and get confidential help. Whether you're a football fan or not, I would encourage everyone to stand with us this year. By working together, we can achieve gender equality and help to make sure everyone feels safe and protected."

Details of the support available to people affected by domestic abuse available at Domestic abuse.