Domestic violence & abuse forum brings national white ribbon campaign to Winchester

Press Release: 27/11/2014

White Ribbon

To show their support a number of organisations and dignitaries came together for a White Ribbon event in St Maurice Covert in Winchester on Wednesday 25 November.

With support from the Art Group in the Women’s Centre the event was used to raise awareness of the impact that domestic abuse and violence has on individuals and their families.

Partner agencies including the City Council, Police, Refuge and Trinity came along to showcase the work they undertake. They gave out banners, leaflets and offered advice about access to local support services.

Hot chocolate and white ribbon biscuits were given out during the day to encourage people to come and talk to partner agencies. The Mayor of Winchester and the Police & Crime Commissioner joined the organisations to show their support for the event.

Talking about White Ribbon Day, Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, said:

I deplore any form of violence or abuse against women and urge all men to pledge their support to stamp it out. Anyone who is aware of someone committing this most appalling act should do the right thing and speak out against the perpetrator. There is no excuse, it cannot and should not be ignored.

Cllr Mike Southgate, Chairman of Winchester Community Safety Partnership, said:

It’s heartening to see such a wide range of partner agencies coming together to support the white ribbon campaign. The event is especially important because not only does it raise awareness of the issues surrounding domestic abuse, it also provides local services with the opportunity to highlight all the work they do to support those who may be victims or potential victims of domestic abuse.

Cllr Eileen Berry, Mayor of Winchester, said :

I’m pleased to be able to show support to such a worthy campaign. However I think it is equally important to use the day to raise awareness of the services available for all victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse: men, women and children, in same-sex and opposite-sex relationships.

Ann Craig, Chair of the Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum, said:

Overall the day was very successful and I was particularly pleased to hear that all those attending the Winchester Area Community Action AGM wore white ribbons in support of the campaign.