Hastings supports White Ribbon campaign

Councillors and residents pledged their support to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse last Wednesday (November 25) by taking part in White Ribbon Day.

The event is held across the world each year in November.

White Ribbon Day outside Hastings Town Hall. SUS-151125-130909001

White Ribbon Day outside Hastings Town Hall. SUS-151125-130909001

Recently awarded White Ribbon Status, confirming the council is committed to supporting the aims of the White Ribbon campaign, Hastings Borough Council invited residents to pledge their support too.

Last Wednesday deputy council leader Kim Forward, mayor Bruce Dowling, Councillor Warren Davies and Sussex Police all signed their pledge to ‘never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence and abuse’.

They made speeches about the importance of the campaign and how everyone can pledge support and be vigilant.

Nationally one in four women and one in six men will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.

An incident of domestic abuse is reported to the police every two minutes and In the UK, on average, two women are killed every week as a result of domestic violence. Across East Sussex 7952 domestic violence and abuse incidents and crimes were reported to the police during 2014/15.

Cllr Forward said: “It was very encouraging to see so many people in Hastings signing the White Ribbon pledge; awareness of the issue is growing year on year. More than 1,100 pledges were made in Hastings on the day and more are still being made.

“Our thanks must go to all the agencies involved in supporting the White Ribbon Campaign event this year including the Penny Beale Memorial Fund, Refuge, CRI Victim Support, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Coast College, AmicusHorizon, Women’s Voice, Children’s Centres, Children’s Services, Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors, Hastings Youth Council, Sussex Police and Homeworks.”

Visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/makepledge to make your pledge against domestic violence.

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