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York supports International White Ribbon Day and 16 Days of Action

Published Thursday, 24 November 2022

City of York Council is joining partners across the city to support international White Ribbon Day tomorrow, Friday 25 November.

The awareness day aims to highlight work towards ending violence against women and girls. This year’s White Ribbon Day campaign highlights how men and boys can nurture to help create a world of equality and safety for women.

The day coincides with the international 16 days of action campaign, further raising awareness of the issue of violence against women and girls, including Domestic Abuse, as well as signposting to support organisations.

City of York Council was accredited White Ribbon status in 2021 for its commitment to addressing violence towards women and girls, which has included working with partners, such as North Yorkshire Police, IDAS and York Hospital, to raise awareness of domestic abuse across these partner organisations.

Examples of ongoing work include commissioning a training programme for professionals in York, to enable them to identify and support victims of domestic abuse; and carrying out a city wide assessment to ensure that the right level of safe accommodation and support is available to women and children experiencing or fleeing domestic abuse.

The White Ribbon campaign also promotes support from men in prevention activities, promoting them to become active bystanders, whilst increasing awareness of reducing any form of violence against women and children.

Cllr Carol Runciman, the council’s Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said:

Violence against another individual, regardless of their sex, is absolutely unacceptable. It is incredibly sad but unfortunately true that violence against women and children still takes place in our society and in our city.

“As a White Ribbon accredited Council, together with partners we are working hard to address the issue across the city. I hope that by highlighting the issue over the coming days we can encourage everyone – men and women – to take a stand against violence in all its forms.”

Support

women and children who are experiencing violence can go to for one or more of these services for support:

  • Mobile - In an emergency, call 999 from your mobile. If prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard and this will transfer your call to the police - pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your call
  • Landline - Call 999 from landline - if the operator can only hear background noise and cannot decide whether an emergency service is needed you will be connected to a police officer call handler, if you replace the handset, the landline may remain connected from 45 seconds in case you pick up again. When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about location should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide response

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) - Victim support

Foundations +choices Perpetrator Support Services

24 Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The freephone is run in partnership between Womens Aid and Refuge

Galop

LGBTQ+ can call Galop for emotional and practical support