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White Ribbon Change The Story poster.

We’re calling for an end of male violence against women!

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council is once again taking a stand and proudly supporting White Ribbon Day on the 25 November.

White Ribbon Day is organised by White Ribbon, the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

The charity’s mission is to prevent violence by addressing its root cause. White Ribbon UK’s work is preventive and aims to change the long established, and harmful, attitudes, systems and behaviours around masculinity that perpetuate gender inequality and men’s violence against women.

This year, White Ribbon UK is encouraging individuals and organisations to make consistent choices and actions to #ChangeTheStory for women and girls, so that they may live their lives free from the fear of violence.

As part of its support for White Ribbon Day, Knowsley Council has committed to the following:

  • Raising awareness of White Ribbon – including lighting Greystone Bridge
  • Taking part in the 16 Days of Action
  • Continuing to provide Domestic Abuse training for employees and partner organisations

From 25 November to 10 December, Knowsley Council will be sharing a range of information, initiatives and case studies on its websites and social media to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the support available, as part of the 16 Days of Action.

To mark the White Ribbon Day and the start of 16 Days of Action, Greystone Bridge will be lit up orange on Saturday 25 November.

The colour orange is used to coincided with the “Orange the World” UN worldwide Campaign that is aimed at demonstrating solidarity in eliminating all forms of violence. Orange is therefore used as the colour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

A number of other buildings across the Liverpool City Region will also be lit up.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “We are fully committed to supporting the White Ribbon campaign and 16 Days of Activism. Violence against women and girls will not be accepted in Knowsley and we are united with our partners in working to make a difference.

“Over the coming weeks we will be sharing information, case studies and links to support to help residents #ChangeTheStory for the women and girls of Knowsley.”

You can read more about the White Ribbon Pledge here.

Where can I turn for help?

If you, your child, or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently, call 999. If you are not at immediate risk but are concerned, please contact one of the services listed below:

Knowsley Council Safer Communities Service (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
Tel: 0151 443 2610

Enquiries.safercommunities@knowsley.gov.uk

Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

Tel: 0151 443 2600

The First Step (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)

Tel: 0151 548 3333

Website: www.thefirststep.org.uk

Savera UK

Helpline 0800 107 0726

www.saverauk.co.uk

Support is also available through:

  • National Domestic violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327
  • LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428
  • Women’s Aid – Live chat to Women’s Aid