Medway Labour Councillors have signed up to be ambassadors and champions for the White Ribbon campaign. White Ribbon is a charity that works to end male violence against women, once and for all. White Ribbon work with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. Volunteer ambassadors engage with other men and boys to call out such behaviour among their peers and promote a culture of equality and respect.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On this day until 10th December is the 16 Days of Action. During this time we ask men to wear a white ribbon, and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
Anthea Sully, Chief Executive, White Ribbon UK said, ‘For real change to occur, men must understand the systems in place that give rise to toxic masculinity and male violence towards women. This White Ribbon Day, White Ribbon UK asks men to take responsibility in ending male violence against women by being active bystanders, calling out abuse and sexism among their peers; talking openly about the male cultures that can lead to abuse and why men must take a stand against them.’
Cllr Vince Maple, Leader of the Medway Labour Group, Councillor for Chatham Central and White Ribbon Ambassador said, ‘It’s been a privilege to serve as a White Ribbon ambassador for several years. We need to end male violence against women, once and for all. It’s vital that we get men from all walks of life involved in spreading the White Ribbon message in schools, workplaces, and festivals. If you’re a man that wants to help us make a difference, please visit the website and sign up as a White Ribbon Ambassador.’
Cllr Naushabah Khan, Councillor for Gillingham South who signed up to be a White Ribbon Champion today, said ‘White Ribbon do excellent work in the community and there is a real need for their services here in Medway, which has the highest number of domestic violence incidents in Kent. I encourage women to sign up to be White Ribbon Champions, who inspire men and boys to step up, become active, and acknowledge that male violence against women is everyone’s issue. There is a lot of support and online training available to anyone who wants to contribute to the incredible work of the White Ribbon campaign.’
If you or someone you know is being abused, you can report it to Medway Council by:
- Phoning 01634 334 466 or text relay: 18008 Monday to Friday 9 to 5pm
- Phoning 03000 419 191 or text relay: 18008 outside of the above hours
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Medway Domestic Abuse Forum’s Annual Conference will be held on Friday 7th December 2018.
The focus for 2018 will be on Children Living with domestic abuse.
When and where?
Friday 7th December 2018, St George’s Centre, Chatham Maritime
Duration: 9.00am – 1.00pm
More stats on domestic abuse in England:
An estimated 1.2 million women experienced domestic abuse in the year ending March 2017 (ONS, 2017), and an estimated 4.3 million women aged 16-59 have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16 (ONS, 2018)
- On average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales. (ONS, 2018)
- On average the police in England and Wales receive over 100 calls relating to domestic abuse every hour. (HMIC, 2015)
- Officers made more than 14,000 arrests between April 2016 and 2017 compared to 8,500 over the same period the previous year.
- Latest figures from the office of national statistics show for every three victims of domestic abuse, two are female and one is male.
- In common with 2014/15, during 2015/16, Medway recorded the highest number of incidents (6117) and Sevenoaks the lowest (1355). -Kent and Medway Strategy for domestic abuse 2016-2020: https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/75199/KMDASG-Strategy-2016-20.pdf
- As in the previous year, Medway recorded the highest number of visitors to a single one stop shop (n=638) (23 per 10,000 population). Across Kent and Medway during 2015/16, there were 14 one stop shops in place.