Winchester Supports National White Ribbon Campaign

Press Release: 16/11/2016

Group shot on White Ribbon Day 2015

On 25 November 2016, Winchester will be supporting White Ribbon Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. There will be an information event in the city centre also raising awareness for local Domestic abuse services.

Representatives from a number of partner agencies will be in Winchester City Centre from 11am to 1pm. They will be asking people to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon, the national symbol of the campaign.

Cllr Frank Pearson, Portfolio holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing said

Winchester always does a great job at supporting this campaign and this year is no different. At a national level the campaign raises the awareness of domestic violence, and helps raise the awareness needed in order to promote the services available to those who have been affected by domestic abuse here in Winchester

Cllr Jane Rutter, Mayor of Winchester said

I am very pleased to be supporting the White Ribbon Day campaign in Winchester. It is of great importance to raise awareness of this serious issue and to help support the 45% of UK women who have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Chief Inspector Claire Taylor, District commander for Winchester District, said

Domestic abuse can form itself in many ways, from physical violence, through to coercive control, including preventing contact with friends and family and withholding money. It touches and affects everyone; the victim, their family and the wider community. Throughout the year we work in partnership with different agencies with the aim to increase trust and confidence in reporting domestic abuse.

Raising awareness of domestic abuse through the White Ribbon Campaign is so important; it’s a great opportunity to let people know about the types of support available to victims, and shows that domestic abuse will not be tolerated in our communities.

In addition social media messages will be sent out in the run-up to the event.