Chester Town Hall displays a giant white ribbon to mark international campaign to eliminate domestic abuse
25 November 2015Chester Town Hall has been displaying a giant white ribbon to mark the international campaign to eliminate violence against women.
Students and teachers from schools and colleges across Cheshire showed their pledge to end domestic abuse by signing the white ribbon, which marked the international day of Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November.
Cheshire West and Chester’s Domestic Abuse Partnership is made up of Cheshire Police, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Health Services, Probation, Victim Support, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services, Crown Prosecution Service and the Drug Action Team.
Young people from schools and colleges across West Cheshire will be informed about teenage relationship abuse and where they can go for help. As part of this teachers will be trained on spotting the signs and symptoms of abuse.
In Children’s Centres the banner has collected many signatures, there have been white ribbon displays and events have been held for families and children.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing said: “The borough of Cheshire West and Chester has White Ribbon status which means that we are all united against domestic violence, pledging never to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence.
“Any physical or mental abuse by a partner is terrifying and 25 November highlighted our multi agency partnership approach to eradicate violence as well as the work carried out for survivors to help them rebuild their lives, ensuring that we can make a difference to victims and their families.”
To make your pledge visit the White Ribbon Campaign website www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk
Anyone needing support or advice can ring the Advice Line of the Domestic Abuse Family Safety Unit on 01606 351 375, visit www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/domesticabuse
Contact the National 24 hour free helpline 0808 2000 247 or in an emergency dial 999. The Men’s Advice Line is 0808 801 0327. Women’s Housing Action Group 0151 356 4686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Domestic Abuse Project Lead Sophia Knowles with members of the Domestic Abuse Partnership, Chester Women’s Aid, Councillor Bob Rudd, Women’s Housing Action Group and Stonham Housing.