Breakfast event to help launch new anti-violence campaign

17 Oct 2013 @ 4.32 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

The Lord Mayor of York, with the support of City of York Council, is encouraging organisations and businesses to support the city’s bid for White Ribbon status at a breakfast launch tomorrow (October 18).

The Mansion House will play host to organisations and businesses from across the city at 8am on Friday 18 October to raise the profile and awareness of domestic violence as well as the wider issues of violence against women and children.

The attendees will work in partnership with the Lord Mayor and City of York Council to gain White Ribbon status accreditation by Easter 2014.

The status recognises Cities and organisations which demonstrate commitment to addressing and altering social norms that lead to violent and abusive behaviour against women.

It promotes support by men in prevention activities, increasing awareness and providing services aimed at reducing the incidence of domestic violence against women and children.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York Cllr Julie Gunnell said: “I am delighted and grateful that a range of partners from across the city are supporting and working together to achieve the White Ribbon status and to help start our campaign to target an important issue in our society.

“The problem of domestic violence and sexual abuse is often not spoken about and this campaign will publicly raise the issue.

“It will also greatly strengthen partnership working in York with a clear aim to deepen understanding and reduce incidents of domestic violence.

“It is great that work has started to help York achieve White Ribbon status and am grateful to those who have already shown their support for the campaign.”

City of York Council’s Director of Health and Wellbeing Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones said: “Violence against women and children is still far too prevalent in society and we know that domestic violence can affect at least one in four women in their lifetime.

“We need men in York to join us in making the White Ribbon pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.”


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