Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd is urging people to join him in his pledge against domestic violence.
He and other male members of his staff have signed the ‘White Ribbon Pledge’ – a campaign that sees men working to end violence against women and girls.
Speaking on ‘White Ribbon Day’ (25 November), also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, Tony said:
“Most men are not violent towards women, but some are guilty of looking the other way or letting ignorant attitudes slide. White Ribbon Day gives men the perfect opportunity to stand up and be counted on these issues. We have a duty to speak out, show our support for victims of domestic abuse and violence, and condemn those who commit such acts.
“Domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault – these are not ‘women’s issues’. They are abhorrent social issues that affect us all, including children.
“Of course, not all violence or domestic abuse victims are women, and I pledge to do all I can to tackle violence in all its forms, whatever the gender of the victim or the perpetrator.”
The White Ribbon Pledge in full:
I pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.
You can view Tony and his deputy Jim Battle making their pledges at www.gmpcc.org.uk/whiteribbon
White Ribbon Day falls on the same day as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. Both events kick-start 16 days of activism against gender-based violence which comes to an end on 10 December (International Human Rights Day).
Help is available for victims of domestic violence. Visit www.endthefear.co.uk for more information or call Greater Manchester’s domestic violence helpline on 0161 636 7525. More information, including advice and useful links are also available on our domestic violence tools and resources page.
To speak to your local domestic abuse unit, call the GMP switchboard on 101. In an emergency, or if a life is in danger, always dial 999.
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