White Ribbon Day 2021 will be taking place on Thursday 25th November and Telford & Wrekin Council, as a White Ribbon accredited town, will be running a 16 Days of Action campaign up to 10th December to raise awareness of male violence against women and encourage men to stand up to domestic abuse.
Being a White Ribbon Town means we support people to step up and make a stand towards ending domestic abuse. Our group of supporters raise awareness of domestic abuse, attend training, influence Council policy, and run campaigns to help get messages about domestic abuse across Telford.
Men are encouraged to sign up to the White Ribbon Promise never to commit, excuse, or remain silent about male violence against women. Many choose to wear a white ribbon to highlight the fact they have made this pledge and we encourage you to do the same. White Ribbon is unique in that it is specifically aimed at men to take a stand against other men who abuse their partners and loved ones. We know the majority of men are well-meaning, respectful people. We know the majority of boys and young men will grow up to be caring and responsible adults. Only a minority of men perpetrate violence, but nearly all violent crime is perpetrated by men.
We believe the silence of the majority quietly maintains the actions of the minority. This silence makes us complicit. This silence makes us very much part of the problem. We will only be able to bring about sustainable change with the active participation of men and men’s organisations to end male violence.
We realise domestic abuse is committed by both men and women, and against any gender. Domestic abuse in any form is not acceptable and should not be tolerated. As part of our work, we ensure we will help men and women in any relationship. We are asking our partners, communities, and colleagues to help share the White Ribbon message that domestic abuse is unacceptable.
How You Can Help
You can visit the White Ribbon UK website to Make the Promise never to commit, excuse, or remain silent about male violence against women. You can visit the White Ribbon UK online store to buy and wear a white ribbon.
And you can support our own campaign by visiting our White Ribbon Telford & Wrekin Facebook page. Please like, follow, and share – last year, we saw an increase in referrals to our support services, so a simple click of the button really can make all the difference.
The page will have focus days, such as child to parent abuse, children and young people, male victims, elder abuse, and LGBTQ+. There will also be supportive quotes and messages, people with lived experience telling their own stories. This is not to be missed with meaningful and inspirational content every day.
This year, all West Mercia Police vehicles, some Shropshire and Rescue appliances, our fleet vehicles, and Arriva buses will have white ribbons displayed on them throughout the 16 Days of Action.
AFC Telford United, Telford Hornets, and Telford Tigers will be supporting the campaign as well as some local businesses. Southwater One and Telford Town Centre will also be lit up in white on White Ribbon Day to mark the occasion, and the White Ribbon flag will be raised on Addenbrooke House.