Ending violence towards women both at home and in the wider community should be a goal for everyone.
During the World Cup it is thought that domestic violence towards women increases by 26% when England played and increased even further by 38% when England lost.
Of course, domestic violence is a concern that isn’t just confined to the football or sport.
It is thought that across the UK in 2018 26% of women and 15% of men aged between 16 to 59 had experienced some form of domestic violence since the age of 16.
To put that into numbers that is the equivalent to 4.3 million female and 2.4 million male victims.
Domestic violence can affect anyone, whether you’re male and female.
Torbay Council has been awarded the White Ribbon Accreditation to end violence against men and women.
White Ribbon Campaign
The White Ribbon campaign is a male led campaign, originating in 1991 in Canada.
Across the world over 60 countries including the UK have committed to end such acts of aggression.
By obtaining the White Ribbon Accreditation this year, Torbay Council has become part of a national campaign.
The campaign includes arranging local events to promote the campaign and to encourage men and boys from all walks of life to make a stand against violence towards women and girls.
Torbay Council hope that businesses across the Bay Area will aim to obtain their own accreditation.
Gordon Oliver, Elected Mayor said:
I am pleased that as a council we have gained this accreditation, and are part of a national campaign to end male violence against women. We are the first organisation in the South West to receive this accreditation, which shows we are committed to tackling this issue head on. An action plan is in place and we will build on what we have already done, including raise awareness in our local community and taking a stand together against this type of violence
Local Ambassadors Spread Campaign Message
Across the Bay 5 local ambassadors have put themselves forward to help start the campaign locally.
It is hoped that other men will want to get proactively involved.
The ambassadors include:
- Brian Guntrip, a community Police Sergeant
- Juan Hernandez, Contract Manager at TOR2
- Kevin Dixon, Healthwatch
- Rev Roger Carlton
- Jason Preece, Torbay Council, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Coordinator
- Jim Parker, Associate Editor of the Herald Express
- David Parsons, Torbay Council, Community Safety.
The campaign, does not just focus on women, it also acknowledges that men are also subject to violence in many different forms.
Such violence is equally unacceptable.
However, it is thought that women are often disproportionately subjected to certain forms of violence simply because of their gender.
Recruiting all year round
The UK Campaign is recruiting all year round. To find out how you can get involved in the White Ribbon campaign head to the official website at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk.
If you have been affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual violence, irrespective of your age, gender, sexual orientation or when it happened. Support is available both locally and nationally.
More information and for a directory services checkout the official Torbay dedicated website, Are You Ok?