National White Ribbon campaign comes to north WalesWhite Ribbon campaign

The Portsmouth White Ribbon Group contacted all Domestic Abuse Lead Officer's and seven London Boroughs late last year to invite interested parties to take part in the first ever White Ribbon UK Relay 2012.  The idea is to pass a White Ribbon Baton from city to city during Euro 2012 and in the lead up to the Olympic Games.  

 

White Ribbon is a global campaign to ensure that men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women. The National White Ribbon Relay is sending the baton around Britain and holding events to increase understanding of the impact sporting events have on the occurrence and nature of violence. The relay has been organised in partnership with frontline service providers across the country and partnership response advocates, Standing Together against Domestic Violence and White Ribbon UK.  


Michelle Davidson-Beck, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Lead Officer from the Conwy and Denbighshire Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has successfully secured the passage of the baton into North Wales.  This will be the “Ribbon’s” only excursion into Wales and it will start from our Country’s newest city, St Asaph and travel through into Cheshire on Wednesday July 4th 2012.


The Welsh Leg of the “White Ribbon UK Relay” will start from North Wales Police Divisional HQ on St Asaph Business Park at 12.45pm and will be carried in relay by a team of 15 runners who are serving or retired NWP Officers and Staff or members of the Community safety Partnership.  The North Wales Women's Centre Choir, Rhyl will serenade the runners as they leave St Asaph to run in relays the 26.1 miles to Deeside Police Station where they will hand the “White Ribbon” onto a North Wales Police motorcyclist who will carry the baton on the final leg into Cheshire.


Detective Superintendent John Hanson North Wales Police lead in Strategic Public Protection, and one of the runners taking part said “This is a very worthwhile cause and one which North Wales Police as part of the CSP fully support.  Raising awareness is a key factor in helping reduce and eradicate all forms of violence against women.  It is totally unacceptable that in the UK two women a week are killed at the hands of a partner or ex partner, 45% of women have experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and at least 80,000 women are victims of rape every year.”


Michelle Davidson-Beck who organised the local leg added her full support saying “1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men suffer from domestic abuse every year and around 85% of forced marriage victims are women.  All agencies have a responsibility to provide a coordinated response through effective partnership working to tackle the crimes of domestic abuse and sexual violence.  This event is a fine example of partnership working in raising awareness of this heinous crime"  

The National Campaign Manager for White Ribbon UK added “ We think the Relay is an excellent way of bringing people together to stand up against violence against women and girls. We expect it, and the many different local events associated with it, will help raise awareness of this widespread issue that blights many people’s lives and is still largely a taboo subject. Any initiative like this is really welcome. Well done to our Portsmouth supporters for organising it!”

Links for info White Ribbon UK - info@whiteribboncampaign.co.uk
 
Further advice and guidance is available through the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802  0300 or by visiting http://www.stalkinghelpline.org/

You need Wales DA & SV helpline 0808 80 10 800 

People can follow the progress of the baton on Facebook and Twitter:
Facebook – National White Ribbon Relay
Twitter - @southsea_ribbon

If you suspect someone is suffering at the hands of a violent partner contact North Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. crimestoppers

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