The borough of Rochdale supports the White Ribbon campaign

White Ribbon display.
Council staff and police officers at a White Ribbon display at Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre.

Published: 23 November 2022

Rochdale Borough Council and its partners have pledged their support for the White Ribbon Campaign, which aims to put a stop to male violence and abuse against women.

White Ribbon Day is on Friday, 25 November 2022 and follows with 16 days of activism against gender violence.

In 2016, the council gained White Ribbon status for its commitment to supporting the aims of the international campaign that puts men at the forefront of making a positive contribution to end male violence and abuse against women. 

Men are asked to wear a white ribbon and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence and abuse against women.

Councillor Neil Emmott, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, said: “I’m proud to see so many men across the borough already supporting the White Ribbon campaign.

“Domestic violence is an issue 365 days of the year, but we all must take this time to acknowledge the issue and to pledge to take action.”

During the 16-day campaign, the council and partners will be raising awareness across the borough of what domestic abuse is, how to report it and what support is available.

There will be several domestic abuse awareness-raising sessions taking place across the borough, where anyone can talk about domestic violence and abuse, including sharing concerns about themselves or others.

There will be stalls giving out information from Wednesday, 23 November 2022 at Middleton Shopping Centre and on Friday, 25 November 2022 at Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre and Touchstones Rochdale. There will be numerous training opportunities for frontline staff and The Women’s Welfare organisation will again deliver White Ribbon awareness sessions to boys in Falinge Park and Matthew Moss schools.

White Ribbon logo.

Men are asked to wear a white ribbon and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence and abuse against women.

Councillor Janet Emsley, the council’s joint deputy leader and portfolio holder for equalities, safety and reform, said: “Everyone has a crucial role to play in creating a culture where male violence, abuse and harassment against women is unacceptable. We want our residents to take a stand against gender violence and share this important message across their workplaces, schools, communities and families, so we can put a stop to this abuse.

“Unfortunately, this type of abuse is still happening in our borough and for victims, it can be an extremely scary and lonely experience, so I want to assure women that support and services are available to help you stay safe.”

Although the campaign focuses on male violence and abuse against women, support is also available for male victims of domestic abuse in the borough of Rochdale.

Confidential advice and support for all victims and people affected by domestic abuse is available from SafeNet Domestic Abuse and Support Services, as well as Victim Support.

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