Rotherham awarded White Ribbon statusPublished Wednesday, 26th November 2014
Rotherham has been awarded White Ribbon status in recognition of its contributions and ongoing efforts to tackle domestic abuse.
The White Ribbon campaign is an international movement created by a group of men, for men, who pledge to work together to end violence against women.
South Yorkshire Police, in partnership with the Council, Rotherham United Football Club and the Council's Integrated Youth Support Services (IYSS) submitted a successful bid for White Ribbon certification earlier this month. The submission was on behalf of Rotherham’s Violent Crime Forum and Domestic Abuse Group who are committed to reducing violence against women.
To obtain White Ribbon status, the submission had to demonstrate the ongoing commitment of communities, businesses and partners to tackling domestic abuse.
On International White Ribbon Day (25 November), Chief Inspector Ian Womersley said: "Achieving White Ribbon status is a fantastic step forward for Rotherham and recognises the brilliant work that the police and other agencies are doing to combat this crime.
"Through our partnership working, we are able to provide safeguarding and support to vulnerable victims, as well as managing offenders appropriately in a bid to change their behaviour and prevent them re-offending.
"Today we recognise the international campaign and I look forward to the coming weeks as we have a range of events for all communities to participate in and enjoy throughout Rotherham."
A two-week programme of events from 25 November to 10 December includes a ‘Rock Against Domestic Abuse’ concert and a dedicated White Ribbon football match between RUFC and Nottingham Forest.
The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings said: "I congratulate the town of Rotherham and everyone involved in leading to the award of White Ribbon status.
"I said when I was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner that I would ensure that we had a comprehensive strategy for tackling all types of violence against women and girls and look forward to working with partners to implement this.
"For ten years I supported a refuge for women and understand very well how domestic abuse can be found in all social groups and among people of all ages.
"White Ribbon Status clearly demonstrates how everyone is dedicated to working with victims and offenders to stop those at risk being harmed."
The Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Councillor John Doyle has been awarded the status of ‘Ambassador’ for the campaign.
He said: "Domestic violence is totally unacceptable and its impact can be devastating. The only way to successfully deal with it is to get people talking about it, remove the stigma of domestic violence and show the people whose lives have been destroyed by it that the support is out there for them.
"Achieving the White Ribbon status clearly shows that partner organisations are committed to tackling all aspects of domestic abuse, and the causes behind it.
"During White Ribbon Week and beyond that dedication will continue, with everyone working together to support victims and eradicate domestic abuse by transforming the way organisations and individuals think about, prevent and respond to it."
Various organisations throughout Rotherham will be showing their commitment by displaying the white ribbon logo – if you are not yet involved, but want to make your pledge, please visit the White Ribbon campaign website.
For information about domestic abuse and support available, please visit the South Yorkshire Police website.
For additional support, call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247, Women's Aid on 0808 2000 247 or Victim Support on 0845 3030900. In an emergency and if someone’s life is in danger, always call 999.