LHT champions campaign against domestic violence
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(L) Alison Hewell (Income Management Support Officer), Vickie Prince (Neighbourhood Housing Officer),Kathryn Muscroft (Neighbourhood Team Leader),front Joe Orme (Neighbourhood Warden), PCSO Moira McLoughlin
A campaign to raise awareness and encourage reporting of domestic violence against women will be launched with support for White Ribbon Day this week by a Merseyside and Cheshire based housing association. White Ribbon Day on Sunday 25th November is part of the global White Ribbon Campaign which aims to ensure men are more engaged in the campaign to end violence against women.
The white ribbon is worn as a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence to women. White Ribbon Day is inspired by The White Ribbon Pledge led by men who campaign to stop domestic violence against women.
Liverpool Housing Trust (LHT) has a dedicated team to address incidences of known domestic abuse within its homes and neighbourhoods. Champions across the organisation are raising awareness among staff and providing guidance and training to offer assistance to victims.
Adopting the government’s new definition of domestic violence and abuse, LHT has expanded its policy to cover acts against younger girls and coercive behaviour in its latest action plan.
Polls commissioned by EVAW showed that 42% of young people know girls whose boyfriends have hit them and 40% know girls whose boyfriends have coerced or pressurised them to have sex, with recent research revealing that 40% of 16-18 year olds said they didn't receive lessons or information on sexual consent or didn’t know whether they did.
Liverpool Housing Trust, part of Symphony Housing Group, will be supporting the campaign from 22nd to 27th November by selling white ribbons to staff and visitors at LHT offices in Liverpool and Runcorn.
LHT director of neighbourhood services Andy Williams said: “Promoting White Ribbon Day and aligning this with LHT’s campaign will help us to reach more people and change attitudes whether in deterring domestic violence or to encourage the reporting of incidences so that support and assistance can be provided to victims.”
The global and UK statistics for violence against women make for very unpleasant reading and include the following for women in the UK:
- 45% of women have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
- 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.
Chris Hancox, manager, White Ribbon Campaign UK said: "Violence against women and girls is a major problem in our society. Up to one in four violent crimes reported to the police is domestic violence. That is why we need to get more people aware of the issue and to stand up against it. We warmly welcome this initiative from Liverpool Housing Trust and urge you to support them in their work."
The White Ribbon Campaign currently works in schools, workplaces and other organisations throughout the UK to raise awareness, improve understanding and provide services to help reduce the overall incidence of domestic violence.
White Ribbon Day is also recognised as the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
LHT partners with a number of organisations to offer support for victims, including Adullam Homes which provides a refuge for victims of domestic violence in Liverpool.
Donations and pledges of support for The White Ribbon Campaign can be made via the website whiteribboncampaign.co.uk