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Burnley takes a stance against domestic violence

Release date: 
Wednesday, 4 October, 2017

Burnley has joined all the other local authorities in Lancashire in being awarded White Ribbon status for the local work to tackle domestic violence.

The accreditation by White Ribbon UK recognises the work being done in this, and other boroughs, to reduce incidents of domestic abuse and raise awareness of the issue surrounding it.

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global effort of men working to end male violence against women. Supporters of the campaign are asked to pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men's violence against women in all its forms.

To mark Burnley’s White Ribbon status, representatives from local organisations met at Burnley FC’s Turf Moor stadium. The event was hosted at the UCFB Burnley facility by the club’s official charity, Burnley FC in the Community.

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend told the audience: “Today is the culmination of a coordinated effort across the whole of Lancashire by all of the local authorities and our partners in health, supported by the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner, to attain this accreditation

“The award is testament to the hard work that partners carry out to address domestic violence, be it the causes or the consequences of this behaviour.

“The White Ribbon campaign specifically looks at men, and what men can do to progress the work done to tackle Domestic Violence. That can be a simple act like wearing a ribbon or signing the pledge to demonstrate your commitment today. Or it could mean becoming an ambassador and proactively spreading this message. The community safety partnership will be looking at a variety of ways to get involved and commit to the principles of the White Ribbon Campaign

“I'd like to thank Burnley FC, especially the manager and players, for their ongoing support for this important campaign.”

Sam McConnell, the council’s community safety manager, said: “This campaign will encourage men to stand up and say it loud and clear that it is unacceptable for a man to abuse a woman. It’s as simple as that.

“This is the start of the journey, not the end. The hard work over the next two years of accreditation, from a partnership perspective, is yet to come. This campaign is not being delivered in isolation. White Ribbon is one of a number of initiatives in place in Burnley aimed at tackling domestic violence.

“Safenet, in partnership with Calico, has opened a new complex needs refuge and also a male-only refuge and Burnley Council has committed to supporting Independent Domestic Violence Advocate services for the next two years. This clearly shows that partners in Burnley are determined to do what we can to support victims and target perpetrators of domestic abuse.”

All Lancashire district councils and unitary authorities now hold White Ribbon Status which marks their commitment to ending violence against women and girls. Lancashire Constabulary and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group have also been accredited as part of the drive to educate and raise awareness of violence against women, and to engage men in the debate around the issue.

Speaking at an event in Preston to mark the achievement, Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: "Supporting vulnerable people and victims is a key priority in my Police and Crime plan so I am delighted to see Lancashire become the first White Ribbon County.

"Violence against women and girls is unacceptable and shockingly over 90% of domestic abuse is witnessed by children. This has to stop and anything we can do to tackle the issue and get people talking about it has to be a good thing.

"The White Ribbon Campaign is about raising awareness and speaking out against violence and abuse.”

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