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Pendle marks its commitment to ending violence against women and girls

Published: Monday, 9th October 2017

White Ribbon campaign launch

Pendle pledges support to white ribbon campaign

Pendle Council joined forces with a number of organisations to mark their commitment to ending violence against women and girls.

All councils in Lancashire have been awarded White Ribbon status making Lancashire the first White Ribbon county in the UK.

On Tuesday 3 October Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, Leader of Pendle Council, Dean Langton Strategic Director and Philip Mousdale, Corporate Director signed a white ribbon at Nelson Town Hall.

By doing so they pledged never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.

They were joined by representatives from organisations including Lancashire Victims’ Service, Police, Homestart Pendle, Positive Action in the Community and Pendle Women’s Refuge.

Councillor Iqbal said: “The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global effort of men working to end male violence against women and we’re very proud to join Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner to support it.

“It’s important that we work with partner organisations to spread the word that we won’t stand for it in any form.”

Councillor David Whipp, Chairman of Pendle Community Safety Partnership; Philip Mousdale, Corporate Director; Geoff Whitehead, Community Safety Manager and Nick Harbour, Business Support Officer, are Pendle Council’s White Ribbon ambassadors.

Councillor Whipp added: “Supporting vulnerable people is a key priority for us and our Community Safety Partnership plan has a particular focus on domestic violence.

“One in four women will encounter it in their lifetime - not only does its devastating reach become clear, but so does the silence surrounding it.

“Our White Ribbon action plan raises awareness of the Campaign, encourages people to take a stand and ensures people who need support know where they can get it. “

Men who support the Campaign wear a white ribbon as a symbol that they oppose violence against women.

Anyone affected by domestic violence is urged to contact Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative on (01282) 726 000.  More information is available on the website – www.pdvi.org.uk

Residents can pledge their support for the campaign online and find out more at www.whiteribbon.org.uk/pledge