On Wednesday 25th November, Hyndburn Borough Council will be marking White Ribbon Day. It is an annual day to stand up, speak out and say no to violence against women.
Domestic abuse is defined as any incident, or pattern of incidents, of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members. This can include psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse.
It is estimated that 1.9 million people in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse and it can happen to anyone.
With the Coronavirus pandemic and multiple lockdowns seeing a significant increase in violence, harassment and abuse towards women, marking this day is more important than ever. We urgently need to work together to prevent violence and make sure our community and homes are safe for everyone.
Miles Parkinson OBE, Leader of the Council, said:
“No woman should ever feel unsafe in their own homes, and the council will be raising awareness on this vital issue. No amount of abuse, in whatever form, is acceptable and here at Hyndburn Council we are proud to show our support for the White Ribbon campaign.”
For more information about White Ribbon day please visit: www.whiteribbon.org.uk
Violence or abuse is never ok towards any person.
If you or someone you know is in need of help, please see the information below
If you are in immediate danger, please call 999. Or if in danger and unable to talk on the phone, dial 999 from your mobile and then press 55. This will transfer the call to police, who will assist without the caller having to speak.
The 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline is also available:
Ring: 0808 2000 247
If you are a young person affected by domestic abuse you can get support through:
Ring: 0800 111
Ring: 0800 133 7938
If you are worried about causing harm to the ones you love, please get help by contacting Respect:
Ring: 0808 802 4040