A number of events will be held around Hastings to raise awareness for the anti-domestic violence White Ribbon Campaign on November 25.
Hastings Borough Council is supporting the campaign with activities in the town centre and Priory Meadow Shopping Centre between 9am and 5pm.
Activities will also take place at The Bridge Community Centre, Broomgrove, Central St Leonards and at the Conquest Hospital, giving people the opportunity to sign a pledge against domestic abuse.
Council leader Peter Chowney said: “On Friday, November 25, together with the mayor and Sussex Police, I will be publicly showing my support by signing the pledge against domestic abuse and violence.
“Please join us at 12 noon and show yours. Last year 3,000 people signed the White Ribbon pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence and once again we want to gather as many signatures as possible this year”.
Across East Sussex, 8,082 domestic violence and abuse incidents and crimes were reported to the police during 2015/16.
Nationally, a quarter of women and 1 in 6 men will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime.
One incident of domestic abuse is reported to the police every two minutes and, on average, two women are killed every week as a result of domestic violence.
Hastings council was awarded White Ribbon Status in 2014 confirming the local authority is committed to supporting the aims of the White Ribbon Campaign: never to commit, condone, or remain silent about domestic violence.
“It’s very important to us as a council to make every effort to raise awareness and support the White Ribbon campaign,” Cllr Chowney added.
“Domestic violence is an issue for the whole community not just the victim or perpetrator; the shocking statistics reported locally demonstrate this.
“We are asking everyone to stay vigilant and report incidents of domestic violence to the police if they believe someone is in trouble.”
If you are unable to attend the events, pledges can be made at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/makepledge.
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