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Tuesday 25 November 2014

White Ribbon City: Brighton Shines Spotlight On Violence Against Women And Girls

A city-wide campaign to help victims & survivors of domestic violence & abuse, as well as rape & sexual assault, become more aware of the wide range of local support available to them will be launched in Brighton & Hove today, White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon Day is the start of the annual international 16 Days of Action campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Brighton & Hove is a White Ribbon City status in recognition of its commitment to the international White Ribbon Campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women.

The council's deputy leader and women"s champion, Councillor Ruth Buckley, said: 

"Domestic violence, rape, forced marriage and sexual exploitation are crimes that disproportionately affect women. 

"They destroy and taint not only the lives of the victim, but also impact on family and friends. 

"We are proud of our status as a 'White Ribbon City' and we remain committed to its aims of never committing, condoning or remaining silent about violence against women, and to helping and supporting women whose lives have been affected by violence.

"We want local people to know that anyone who reports sexual or domestic violence or abuse will be taken seriously, listened to and offered support."

The local council is working with partner agencies including Sussex Police and local specialist domestic and sexual violence services Rise and Survivors" Network.

More than 16,000 women experienced domestic violence and abuse, sexual assault or stalking in Brighton & Hove last year


Events marking 16 Days (full details below) include::

 

# 'Living Library' event at the Jubilee Library where you can meet ordinary people affected by domestic abuse and hear their stories

# Conference on stalking at the University of Sussex

# Survivors' Knitwork

# 'Charity Chuckle' comedy night at the Komedia in support of local charities Rise and Survivors" Network.

# Range of help & support is available in the city, and for information about domestic violence and abuse, contact the Brighton & Hove RISE Domestic Abuse Helpline on 01273 622822 or For information about rape, childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault, contact the Survivors' Network Helpline on 01273 720110.

# Domestic abuse drop-in 'surgery' also operates every Wednesday morning between 9am to midday at the customer centre at Hove Town Hall. It offers people a safe space to talk through their concerns and find out more about the support that is available to them. The service is a joint initiative between the council, Sussex Police and Rise.

# Brighton and Hove Albion FC is also marking 16 Days by signing up to the White Ribbon Pledge as part of its match day activities on 29th November.

The 16 Days of Action campaign ends on Tuesday 9th December,.



by: Mike Cobley


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