Football club marks campaign against domestic abuse

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 29 November 2013 Updated: 29/11 10:34

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THE LAUNCH of this year's campaign against domestic violence was marked by the town's football club on Monday (November 25).

Redditch United vice chair Sallie Swan teamed up with Coun Rebecca Blake, responsible for community safety, to reaffirm the club's pledge never to condone, commit or stay silent about abuse as part of the White Ribbon campaign.

A banner displaying the pledge has gone up on display at the Valley Stadium in Bromsgrove Road during the 16 Days of Action, which runs until December 10 and has the theme of 'Step Into Their Shoes'. Events will include men walking a mile around the town centre today (Friday) wearing women's shoes.

Coun Rebecca Blake said: "I am pleased Redditch United are helping once again to highlight this year's White Ribbon campaign. It sends a clear signal that domestic abuse and sexual violence should not be tolerated."

As part of the 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.

"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.

Supt Steve Cullen, head of the protecting vulnerable people unit, said: "This is an important message we are keen to support. We are using this opportunity to encourage anyone affected by domestic abuse to seek help from the police or other partner agencies."

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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