Town fights domestic abuse

The  campaign launch in Burnley.
The campaign launch in Burnley.

The annual White Ribbon campaign, which aims to highlight domestic abuse, was launched in Burnley last week at the town hall.

Burnley was awarded the White Ribbon town status several years ago and during the 16-day campaign organisations across the borough will pledge their support.

The campaign highlights the work we do all year round

Councillor Tony Harrison

During the campaign, which is aimed at domestic abuse towards women, men will be asked to wear a white ribbon and make a personal pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.

Councillor Tony Harrison, Burnley Council’s executive member for community safety, said: “The campaign highlights that work but everyone can rest assured that work to tackle domestic violence goes on all year round.

“I’d encourage men to wear their white ribbon and hopefully start a conversation about domestic violence with a friend or work colleague.”

Burnley’s domestic violence co-ordinator Louise Howorth launched the campaign at SafeNet Domestic Abuse Services AGM which saw representatives from a wide range of organisations come together to look ahead to the coming years.

Helen Gauder, charity manager for SafeNet, said: “This campaign is a great way in which we can raise awareness around domestic abuse.

“On average two women die each week in UK communities and many more are seriously injured.

“In 60% of those incidents reported in Burnley there are children living in the household, so our work with victims and survivors throughout Lancashire is helping whole families.”

Comparing violence committed by women and by men, the British Crime Survey states that the result of men’s violence towards women is five times as likely to require medical attention, and women are three times as more likely to murdered by a male spouse than vice versa.

The ribbons are available from several locations across Burnley including the town hall, and money raised from the sales will go towards helping local women and children escape domestic abuse.

For confidential advice and support with domestic violence you can call Burnley SafeNet Domestic Abuse Helpline and Outreach Service on 07866 510 728.