Police and Crime Commissioner supports anti violence campaign (5 May 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner joined Castleford Tigers and their Community Trust this weekend to show his support for an anti-violence campaign. Mark Burns-Williamson and the players stood together with representatives from the Castleford Tigers and the White Ribbon Campaign - an organisation of men that works to tackle violence against women - to demonstrate their backing of the important work the group does.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "I am delighted to be supporting such a positive campaign. There is never an excuse for violence against women and I'm pleased to be playing my part to help tackle it.

"Through my Safer Communities Fund I have been able to provide the campaign with three lots of grants from money the police have taken from criminals using the Proceeds of Crime Act, and using the funding to support such as campaign sends out a strong message."

Chris Green, Founder and Director of White Ribbon UK said: "In 2014 1.2 million women in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse and 400,000 women and girls suffered sexual assault. Men can either speak out against this, or excuse it by saying nothing.
Thanks to players, staff and management at Castleford Tigers for leading the way in taking a stand challenging male violence against women and girls."

Steve Gill, Castleford Tigers CEO said: "We are delighted to offer our support to the White Ribbon Campaign. The statistics are staggering and we as a club are more than happy to do all we can to raise awareness."

During the warm up, before their game, the players wore special White Ribbon Campaign tops - one of which the Commissioner was presented with during half time.

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