Councillors and members of the town’s youth council have undergone training to help take an active stand against domestic violence.
Building on the success of White Ribbon Day, where more than 2,900 pledges were made locally not to commit, condone, or remain silent about domestic violence, Hastings borough councillors and members of Hastings Youth Council completed White Ribbon Ambassador Training.
Domestic violence remains a serious problem within our townCouncillor Andrew Cartwright
It was carried out as part of the White Ribbon Town Accreditation which Hastings received last year in recognition of the ongoing work carried out by agencies including the Penny Beale Memorial Fund, East Sussex Domestic Abuse Service CRI, Refuge, Victim Support, AmicusHorizon, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Sussex Police, Home Works and East Sussex Children’s Services in Hastings.
Councillor Andrew Cartwright, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for community safety, said: “I was very impressed by the contribution of our Youth Council members throughout the campaign period and indeed during the training.
“They have given so much thought to how they could help to prevent domestic violence. Domestic violence remains a serious problem within our town. It results in serious emotional and physical injury, sickness absence from work and significant cost to our health services.
“Our trained White Ribbon Ambassadors will now be able to take an active stand to support the principles of the White Ribbon Campaign and be positive role models in our local communities.”
The White Ribbon Organisation lead, Chris Green, said:
“We have been involved with many youth organisations, from World Association of Girl Guides, to 10 different universities, as well as many individuals, but Hastings is leading the way in terms of the involvement of young people in involvement in the campaign through being Ambassadors.”
White Ribbon Day, which is held across the world each year in November to raise awareness of domestic violence. It aims to ensure men take responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women by raising awareness and understanding.