L-R: Susan Degnan (Family Help Darlington), PCVC Ron Hogg and Cllr David Regan
WHITE Ribbon Day has seen men across Darlington vow never to commit or condone violence against women.
On Friday, November 25, supporters of the White Ribbon Campaign have renewed pledges and made vows to do all they can to combat domestic abuse.
Men were invited to visit Sainsbury’s on Victoria Road between 10am and 2pm to pledge never “to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.”
The campaign is supported by Darlington council leader Bill Dixon and County Durham and Darlington’s Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner Ron Hogg.
Mr Hogg said: “It is important that victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence have the awareness and confidence in the police to report offences, and are supported throughout the criminal justice system.”
Cllr Dixon added: “In Darlington a great deal of progress has been made in recent years in raising awareness about what domestic abuse is and the impact that is has upon victims and children.
“There are excellent services in the town, working together has resulted in an increase in the number of victims having the confidence to report the abuse, ongoing dissemination of literature is promoting information and pathways to agencies who can offer help and support to victims.”
A statement from founders of the White Ribbon Campaign said:“We’re a group of men who know there’s never an excuse for violence against women.
“We pledge never to condone it or to stand by when we know it’s happening.”
For more information, visit whiteribboncampaign.co.uk.
- At least 47,000 women in the UK are raped every year. 54% are raped by a partner or ex-partner.
- Around 21% of girls experience some form of child sexual abuse.
- Almost half of the women in the UK will experience domestic violence, sexual abuse or stalking in their lifetimes.
- We have wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and female friends who may experience violence and abuse.
- On average, two women a week in England and Wales are killed by a violent partner or ex partner. This constitutes nearly 40% of all female homicide victims.
- Around 85% of forced marriage victims are women.
- Domestic violence is estimated to cost victims, services and the state a total of around £23 billion a year.
- Don't suffer in silence - access through Local Support Services
- Harbour - Tel: 03000 20 25 25
- Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre - Tel: 01325 354 119
- Family Help Darlington CIO (Refuge help line) - Tel: 01325 364 486
- Samaritans - Tel: 01325 465 465
- Gay Advice Darlington Durham - Tel: 01325 355 551
- Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) -
- Concern for a child - Tel: 01325 742 020
- Concern for an adult - Tel: 03125 742 030
- Police - Tel: 101 (non-emergency) or 999 (in an emergency)
- Victim Care and Advice Service (replaced Victim Support) - Tel: 0303 0401 099
- National Domestic Violence Helpline - Tel: 0808 2000 247
Posted on Friday 25th November 2016