25 November 2016

Take the White Ribbon pledge against violence and abuse

Brighton & Hove residents are being asked to make a personal pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence and abuse to mark this year’s 16 Days of Action for the elimination of violence against women and girls.

The call comes from the Brighton & Hove Community Safety Partnership, Safe in the City.

The pledge is part of the White Ribbon Campaign, which recognises the positive role men play in preventing violence against women. It’s a means to speak out against violence against women and to safely challenge abusive behaviour. To make your pledge, go to www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/makepledge.

The 16 Days of Action is a global initiative, seeking to galvanize action around the world. The campaign starts on the UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and runs to Human Rights Day on 10 December. 

In Brighton & Hove, a range of agencies, groups and individuals are coming together to run events to raise awareness, make sure people know where to go for help and support, and share stories about people's experiences, recovery and work.

This year the focus is on controlling and coercive behaviour, a new offence under The Serious Crimes Act 2015 created of ‘controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship’

Visit www.safeinthecity.info/16-days-of-action to find out what’s going on.

The Community Safety Partnership, is made up of Brighton & Hove City Council, Sussex Police and other partners who work together to reduce crime and increase safety.

The partnership has a particular focus on increasing social intolerance and reducing acceptance of violence and abuse so that people are able to have safe, equal and violence free relationships.