Council supports campaign to end violence against women

We’re supporting the White Ribbon campaign to make a stand against male violence towards women and girls.

White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day is 25 November and marks 16 days of action calling on men to pledge to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence towards women and girls.

Watch our video, featuring men from across Kirklees, about why it’s so important to call out aggressive behaviour and prevent violence towards women before it starts. The video was shown to fans at the John Smith’s Stadium for the Huddersfield Town AFC game on 20 November.

 

Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said:

“I’m proud to support the White Ribbon campaign.

“Nationally, violence towards women is too common. The shocking murder of Sarah Everard earlier this year has brought this issue to the forefront of everyone’s minds and we must do more to ensure such a tragedy doesn’t happen again. This is a real opportunity to get the message out that male abuse and violence towards women must end.

“I ask men to take a moment to think about their own behaviour towards women and be prepared to call out sexist or harassing behaviour if they see it in others. Their actions could make a real difference to someone’s life.

“I’d like to thank the men who come forward to make a promise online to support the campaign. Their action will help to raise awareness of the campaign and generate more conversations.

“Whilst domestic abuse disproportionately affects women and girls, anybody – no matter what your gender – could be a victim. Violence does not discriminate. It is not OK.

“If you think you may be in an abusive relationship or if you are concerned about your own behaviour, there are local and national support services that can help. Details can be found on the council’s website.”

Chief Superintendent Jim Griffiths of Kirklees Police, said:

“We have been very pleased to support the launch of White Ribbon Day which  encourages men and boys to take a stand against violence towards women, and take a pledge never to commit these offences.

“Any abuse in a domestic setting is a truly horrible type of crime which can ruin lives and anyone suffering any kind of domestic abuse is asked to report incidents.

“The Force has a zero tolerance policy to this type of crime and will arrest anyone who is alleged to have committed a criminal offence and prosecute wherever possible and appropriate.”

Speaking in his role as Huddersfield Town Football Club’s Terriers Together Ambassador, left-back Harry Toffolo said:

“As a group, we’re proud to support the White Ribbon Campaign and throw our collective weight behind the cause.

“All of the associated facts and statistics regarding domestic violence against women are absolutely appalling, and we can only hope that by giving the campaign a platform within football, we can encourage men to consider their behaviour toward women more carefully and challenge their peers to strive to create a more progressive and understanding attitude toward the issue as a whole.

“While anybody can be a victim of domestic abuse, it is an issue that inarguably affects a disproportionately high number of women and girls, so we as men need to do whatever possible within our power to ensure that those statistics dramatically fall going forwards.”

Make the White Ribbon pledge

Men are encouraged to make a promise online and join 38,000 others who’ve already pledged to support the campaign and never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

What is domestic abuse?

One in four women will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. The term ‘domestic abuse’ includes a wide range of behavioural patterns, from physical and sexual violence to psychological, emotional, financial abuse, threatening behaviour, stalking and harassment.

Information about the support available for anyone experiencing domestic abuse is available on our website.