National Campaign to End Domestic Violence Backed By New West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner (23 Nov 2012)

Event: 24th November, 11am

Location: White Swan Pub, Hebden Bridge

West Yorkshire's newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, will be in Hebden Bridge to support International White Ribbon Day.

The White Ribbon campaign is calling for men to take responsibility for ending domestic violence by thinking about how it affects victims ahead of International White Ribbon Day on 25th November. The event in Hebden Bridge invites men to walk a mile in high heels to show their support for the campaign.

The national event, run by Calderdale based charity White Ribbon UK, asks men to come up with solutions to end domestic violence and not to stay silent about the issue.

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson says: "Domestic violence is a critically important issue. It is vital to prevent crime happening in the first place and to support victims who have suffered from violence. That's why initiatives like White Ribbon Day, which help raise awareness of the role men have in stopping violence, deserve my support. 

 "My role isn't just about working with the police, but to work with individuals and organisations to create an integrated approach."

Chris Green, Director of White Ribbon UK, says: "Domestic violence is still a taboo subject that's not discussed. For the Police and Crime Commissioner to help us in the first week after he has been elected creates an environment where people can talk about it.

"It is only a minority of men who are perpetrators of violence but men are still responsible for initiating 79% of all violent interactions. Men can also help educate to prevent violence occurring in the first place, stand up for victims and report the crime. 

"If men don't talk about their feelings, they also won't be able to seek help to prevent them turning to violence."

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