Nationally it is estimated 1.2 million women experience domestic violence every year and that around 400,000 were victims of sexually assaulted. Each year in North Lincolnshire Humberside Police respond to between 190 and 250 calls every month.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort in the world of men working towards ending violence against women. Within North Lincolnshire we are supporting this campaign and during the 16 days of action from the 25th November, which is International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women, we plan to hold events to promote the wearing of the White Ribbon and support the eradication of violence against women. These events are supported by Andrew Percy MP and Nic Dakin MP together with Baroness Redfern, Leader of the Council and local councillors from your areas.
Most men are not violent towards women, but many ignore the problem, or see it as something which doesn't have anything to do with them. The White Ribbon campaign is an educational campaign by men aimed at men. The wearing of a white ribbon is a statement of men's opposition to violence against women.
We would like men within our area to make the following pledge and wear the White Ribbon -
I pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men's violence against women in all its forms
The White Ribbon Campaign aims to prevent Violence Against Women and promote respectful relationships. By wearing the White Ribbon it is taking a stand against Violence Against Women and Girls and be positive role models to other men in the community.
Visit the White Ribbon Campaign website to sign the pledge (opens in new window)
What does it mean to wear a white ribbon?
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Whilst the work continues all year round, we will be urging men and boys to wear the White Ribbon throughout November or at least for one or two weeks starting on 25 November to mark International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women,and asking them to take opportunities to talk to colleagues and friends about what it stands for. Support the campaign and North Lincolnshire by signing the pledge.
Where can you support this campaign?
White Ribbon Ambassadors
These are highly respected men from a wide range of sectors who are willing to encourage men and boys in the community to participate in the global movement to eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls. Ambassadors take an active stand to support the principles of the White Ribbon Campaign and are positive role models who convey these principles and important messages to others in the community.
Becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador is an opportunity for those men who care about the women in their lives to take responsibility to ensure that women live free from violence and fear.
If you would like to become an ambassador or nominate someone else to get involved you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org . There is also some further information about wishing to become an ambassador in this attached document - Becoming an Ambassador
White Ribbon Campaign Town Award
The White Ribbon Campaign Town Award is for us within North Lincolnshire to demonstrate our commitment to the aims of the White Ribbon Campaign and to reduce domestic abuse. We will look at involving men and boys in prevention activities, addressing and altering social norms that lead to violent behaviour against women, increasing awareness of the issue and providing services aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic abuse and mobilise the entire local community under the goal of ending violence against women and girls.
The agencies involved in the White Ribbon bid for accreditation include North Lincolnshire Council, Safer Neighbourhoods, Humberside Police, Ongo Homes, The Blue Door Domestic Abuse Support service for North LIncolnshire.