Derbyshire Constabulary pledges support to White Ribbon Day
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Today (Wednesday 25 November) is White Ribbon Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
We’re showing our support for the campaign and will be taking part in 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which starts today and runs until Thursday 10 December.
Over the next 16 days we hope to share information and stories of domestic abuse, it’s affects and the support we have available in Derbyshire.
White Ribbon UK is part of the global White Ribbon movement to end male violence against women. They are the leading charity that aims to end male violence against women by engaging with men and boys to make a stand against violence.
As part of their work, White Ribbon encourage all men to wear a white ribbon and to make the promise never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
During the Covid-19 pandemic there has been an even more increased risk of domestic abuse as across the world reports increased as lockdown measures were brought in.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Brian Bilby said: “The White Ribbon campaign is now well established and gives us a great opportunity to demonstrate our support for ending violence and abuse against women and girls.
“Domestic abuse is an appalling crime which causes devastation for victims, families and friends, and can have a lasting effect on survivors. It can happen in any relationship, and we are committed to supporting people regardless of their gender, other characteristic or their circumstances. However, the majority of domestic abuse is carried out by men against women, and it is important we acknowledge that.”
T/Det. Ch Insp. Bilby added: “If you are suffering from domestic abuse please speak out. It is now possible to report a crime or concerns about friend, family member of neighbour via our website or on social media, as well as over the phone. We are a victim led organisation and all reports will be taken seriously, followed by transparent and professional investigations.”
To date, more than 38,000 people have made the White Ribbon promise online, including Derbyshire’s Police Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, and many of our officers and staff.
You can join them by visiting https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise
If you've been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, you can report this to us:
- If you have any reason to think someone is in immediate danger, or your life may be at risk, call 999.
- If you’re deaf, hard of hearing or can't communicate verbally you can register with the emergencySMSservice. Text REGISTER to 999.
- If you’re experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned for someone who is, report it to us by calling 101.
- If you’re deaf, hard of hearing or can't communicate verbally: use our textphone service on 18001 101.
You can find more advice and information, along with a list of specialist support services in Derbyshire on our website here: www.derbyshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/.