Calderdale Council supported White Ribbon Day, a national campaign which was marked last Tuesday.
The White Ribbon flag flew at Halifax Town Hall all day today, highlighting the council’s pledge to never condone or remain silent about physical violence and other forms of abuse against women, and council staff handed out information in and around Halifax Town Hall to raise awareness of the campaign.
The council continues to work hard to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the services available to those affected by it – and more steps are to be taken. As a White Ribbon accredited employer, the Council has appointed three directors as White Ribbon Ambassadors and adopted a staff policy on domestic abuse.
To support people affected by domestic abuse, the council continues to fund 21 apartments at Calderdale Women’s Refuge, provided by contractor Stonham, as well as personalised support for women and men affected by abuse. The council works with other organisations to get a better understanding of domestic abuse in Calderdale, and to find out where help is needed most. To help make these improvements the council, the Police, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Pennine Housing have submitted a bid for funding from the Government’s Transformation Challenge Award. The outcome of the bid should be known in late November or early December.
White Ribbon Day is inspired by The White Ribbon Pledge led by men who campaign to stop domestic violence against women. The national charity is based in Mytholmroyd.