Manchester men support support of International White Ribbon Day….reports Asian Lite News
Men from GMP joined the rest of the world in standing up to violence against women by stepping out of their normal working routine in support of International White Ribbon Day. Key men from the Force and beyond, including Detective Chief Inspector Michael Montford from the Public Protection Division, Head of the Major Incident Support Unit and Senior Investigator Bob Tonge and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle spent time with agencies outside of their usual remit to develop their understanding of the issues faced by female victims of abuse for the international day.
Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney said: “White Ribbon Day is the perfect time for us to come together to develop our understanding of what victim’s need when they have suffered through these horrific crimes and learn from each other to ensure we give the best possible support.
“We work hard all year round to encourage people to come forward and end the fear of domestic abuse but sadly it is still a hidden crime. We must encourage everyone to take a stand against it and pledge to never to condone it or stand by and allow it to happen.”
“If you are a victim, or you know of anyone who is suffering at the hands of an abusive partner, report it by calling 0161 636 7525.”
Since 2009, the day of awareness has used a white ribbon as a symbol of a world where women can live free from the fear of violence, and is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men’s violence against women.
GMP will be encouraging men across Greater Manchester to wear the symbolic white ribbon and will be using social media to promote the national charity’s website www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk.
One in three women across the UK will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime and, on average, two women are killed by a current or former partner in England every week.
For more information, whether you are a victim, friend, family member of neighbour please visit: www.gmp.police.uk/domesticabuse .
To contact your local domestic abuse unit call the GMP switchboard on 101. In an emergency where there is an immediate threat to life or property always call 999.