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North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership (NWCSP) are speaking out against domestic abuse once again, as part of a worldwide campaign.

NWCSP are once again making a commitment, on behalf of the communities and organisations they serve, to never accept domestic abuse in any form and irrespective of gender.

Drawing inspiration from the international White Ribbon Campaign and its ‘16 Days Of Action’, the local NWCSP campaigns aim to increase recognition of domestic abuse and encourage and support all people affected by it to seek the support that’s available, regardless of gender.

NWCSP will be working closely with young people around healthy relationships and will be supplying resources, including white ribbons and healthy relationships cards, to local schools and through the Police Youth Engagement Team.

The team also plan to work with Bromsgrove Pub Watch to promote the “Ask for Angela” campaign in licensed venues by supplying posters and beermats with healthy relationship cards and helpline numbers. The Ask for Angela Campaign allows people who feel unsafe, vulnerable, or threatened to discreetly seek help by approaching venue staff and asking them for 'Angela'. This code-phrase will indicate to staff that they require help with their situation and a trained member of staff will then look to support and assist them.

International White Ribbon Day is held each year on 25th November and this year the national campaign is #AllMenCan. The campaign was developed in March when the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of everyone’s minds. It also opened up many conversations about men taking action and making a stand which is what campaigners hope to encourage as we enter a new year.

Chair of the Community Safety Partnership, Sue Hanley, said: “We want all victims to know that they are not on their own and there is help available. We want to make it easier for people to recognise domestic abuse and get the support that could help them and their loved ones.

“The pandemic has highlighted how this issue can be a very personal, private matter, but that doesn’t make it any less real or mean it has to be tolerated. It is crucial that each year we continue to raise awareness of this campaign and take a stand against domestic violence, encouraging everyone never to commit, condone or stay silent about domestic abuse.”

For a 24hr domestic abuse helpline call 0800 980 3331 (For women), 0800 014 9082 (For men) or visit NHS Live Well website for more support information.

The White Ribbon Campaign is an international movement encouraging men to speak out against violence toward women and girls. It contains a campaign holds 16 Days of Action to raise awareness of the reality of domestic violence and push for positive change that makes people safer. The 16 Days run between two special days designated by the United Nations: 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (and White Ribbon Day), and 10th December which is UN Human Rights Day.

More details about the White Ribbon and 16 days of action campaign are available here: