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White ribbons to stand up to abuse

Malvern Editorial 28th Nov, 2013 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

HUNDREDS across the county are standing up against domestic abuse during an international 16 day campaign.

As part of the White Ribbon campaign, the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence has called on residents to sign up online to support the cause.

Strategic co-ordinator Martin Lakeman said thousands of people across the world were making a commitment to play their part in standing up to condemn violence during the 16 Days of Action, which began on Monday (November 25).

“Our main aim is to promote healthy and respectful relationships, it’s a big challenge for the forum but by encouraging residents to make their pledge, we will meet that challenge.”

The campaign has also been supported by police in Warwickshire and West Mercia, who are using the 16 days to spread the message about exactly what domestic abuse is.

Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender of sexually, is counted as domestic abuse – whether it is psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional.

Visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/Worcestershire to sign up to the pledge, www.talk2someone.org.uk for more information about domestic abuse or to speak to someone in confidence, call 0800 980 3331.

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