Taking A Stand Against Domestic Violence
International White Ribbon Day is commemorated internationally on the 25th November every year. The purpose is to raise awareness of domestic violence and to state publicly that domestic violence is not acceptable. The campaign urges people to wear a white ribbon as a pledge against domestic violence.
Domestic violence can affect anyone - victims come from all walks of life. Social class, family income, level of education, occupation, gender and sexuality, ethnic and racial background make no difference. We are supporting the campaign by highlighting the problem, raising awareness and providing advice to people affected by domestic violence on where they can go for confidential help.
Safer Communities Manager, James Sainsbury, says: “The White Ribbon symbolises that the wearer will not commit, condone or remain silent about Domestic Violence. We are inviting women, men and children to wear the ribbon and break the silence.”
White Ribbons are available in the reception areas of our offices and all donations will go to Women’s Aid to help continue to tackling domestic abuse.
How to get help
Victims of domestic violence may find it difficult to seek help for a variety of reasons. If you are a victim of domestic violence, or a concerned friend or relative, the following help lines can give confidential support, information and advice:
- Thames Valley Police (Ask for Domestic Violence Unit) – 101
- Aylesbury Women’s Aid - 01296 436827
- Wycombe Women’s Aid - 01494 461367
- Relate - 01628 625320
- Men’s Advice Line - 0808 801 0327
- In an emergency, always call the police by dialling - 999