Get involved with White Ribbon Day 2022
Posted on Wednesday 23rd November 2022
Newport residents are being asked to get involved and support White Ribbon Day on Friday 25 November.
White Ribbon Day is an annual event that marks the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Every week in Gwent, 33 women’s lives are at risk of serious harm or danger because of domestic abuse or sexual violence.
This year residents, businesses, schools, and community groups are being asked to sign up to the #33Challenge to raise awareness of this hard-hitting figure.
It is being organised by Gwent Regional VAWDASV Partnership which is a multi-agency collaboration working to prevent violence against women, domestic abuse, and sexual violence.
People, families, schools, organisations, sports teams, and community groups can set their own challenges focusing on the number 33 and are urged to post their actions of support online. The challenge could take place on Friday 25 November or anytime during the 16 days of action which ends on 10 December.
Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “Showing support for White Ribbon Day is an important way of taking a stand and condemning violence and abuse against women.
“It is important to raise awareness of the issues and ensure that women who are living in fear know they are not alone and help is available. Everyone should take a stand and make it clear that domestic abuse and sexual violence is unacceptable.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “White Ribbon Day is extremely important to raise awareness of the devastating impact that violence against women can have, not only on individuals but their families too.
“This year we are encouraging people to take part in a #33Challenge to raise awareness of the number of women who are living in high-risk situations every week because of domestic abuse or sexual violence.
“We need your help to encourage others to take a stand against violence against women and I urge anyone experiencing abuse to speak out and seek help.
“Please don’t suffer in silence, help is available.”
An online support pack is available to download from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner website and includes challenge ideas, and suggested content for social media channels.
Business and organisations can also show their continued support by encouraging their staff to sign up for training, so they are equipped to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and understand what help is available.
The #33Challenge is being supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent and Gwent Police.
The Live Fear Free 24/7 helpline is available for anyone affected by abuse and supports victims, survivors and those close to them can call 0808 8010 800 or text: 078600 77333.
In an emergency always call 999. To report an incident call 101 or message @gwentpolice social media channels.