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
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,.