On Monday 25th November Oldham Council recognised the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls by launching its White Ribbon campaign. The campaign aims to sign up residents from around the borough to act as ambassadors and champions, committing to challenge the domestic violence that is a growing issue across our society.
The White Ribbon campaign focuses particularly on encouraging men to sign up as ambassadors to call time on male cultures that underpin such a high proportion of domestic violence incidence. Over 6000 incidents of domestic violence and abuse are reported to the police each year in Oldham alone and across Greater Manchester 27 women were murdered by their partners between 2016 and 2017.
Cllr Arooj Shah, Deputy Leader and portfolio holder for Social Justice and Communities, said: “Domestic violence is a huge challenge in Oldham and elsewhere. By launching this campaign we’re trying to shine a light on the issue, and build a network of community members so that this is something we tackle as a borough.
“We’re working with partners on a collective approach to domestic violence. If you have any concerns please contact the police.”
To register as an ambassador or a champion, visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk.