White Ribbon Day is an annual event that raises the awareness of activism against gender-based violence. This global campaign runs for 16 days until December 10th, International Human Rights Day
This year we wanted to try something different in sharing information on violence against women, coercive behaviour, and the vital contact details of organisations where you can get help.
Our ‘Keep your heart’ campaign has seen an army of volunteers share our hearts across Wrexham City. If you find one, we encourage you to keep it. The hearts have a QR code on them that when scanned forwards the user to a document of useful information should they themselves, or people they know someone need help.
The campaign is being run in conjunction with safer streets, North Wales Police and the North Wales PCC office. Thanks also to ASAP signs in Wrexham.
An event marking White Ribbon Day will be held at Ty Pawb on Friday 24h November 10-12midday.
Cllr Beverley Parry Jones, Gender-based violence, domestic abuse and sexual violence Champion at Wrexham Council said: “We all have a role to play in keeping people safe, events such as White Ribbon Day and our ‘keep your heart’ campaign play a big role in raising the issues around gender based violence, as well as giving advice on where to get help.
Inspector Claire McGrady from North Wales Police said: “Domestic abuse can take many forms; from emotional, physical, financial, or sexual. It is any kind of violent, or threatening behaviour and it can happen to anyone, but it should never be accepted.
“It has a devastating impact on the victims who suffer its many forms. White Ribbon Day helps to raise awareness of domestic abuse and gives victims confidence to come forward and report it. Working in conjunction with our partners in both statutory and voluntary agencies, we take all steps that we can to protect the victim, children and witnesses from further harm and to try to prevent any recurrence.”
LOCAL AND NATIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES:
- BAWSO (Black Association Women Step Out): 0800 7318 147
BAWSO support people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds who are affected
by domestic abuse and other forms of abuse, including Female Genital Mutilation,
Forced Marriage, Human Trafficking & Prostitution.
- Childline: 0800 1111
Freephone Childline counsellors are here to take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
from children and young people under 19.
- Choose2Change: 0300 003 2340 / email@example.com
A service that helps men who are abusive and who want to change the way they
behave in their relationships and offers support to their partner during this time.
- Clare’s Law: www.clares-law.com/
Also known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme is a police policy giving you
the right to know if your partner has an abusive past.
- Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
Independent UK charity taking crime information anonymously.
- Dasu: www.dasunorthwales.co.uk/
DASU provides professional coordinated and targeted interventions to people
experiencing domestic abuse across Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.
- Dewis Cymru: www.dewis.wales
Your one stop shop for local services available to you.
- Galop: 0800 999 5428
We support LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence.
- GISDA: www.gisda.org
GISDA is a charity that provides intensive support and opportunities for young people
living in north wales.
- Gorwel: 0300 111 2121
We are a business unit within Grŵp Cynefin housing association that provides quality
services to support people suffering domestic abuse. We work with individuals and
families, including tenants of Grŵp Cynefin, within four counties in north Wales.
- Hourglass UK Helpline: 0808 8088 141
Hourglass works to challenge and prevent the abuse of older people, through the
provision of services, training.
- Karma Nirvana: 0800 5999 247
Supporting victims of honour crimes and forced marriages.
- MATCHMothers: www.matchmothers.org/
MATCHmothers is a charity that offers non-judgemental support and information
to mothers apart from their children in a wide variety of circumstances.
- Men’s Advice Helpline: 0808 8010 327
Provides domestic advice for men.
- National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300
Here to reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning,
education and support.
- North Wales Police: www.northwales.police.uk/
If you have been a victim or witness an incident, report non-urgent
issues via our online facility or call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.
- Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC): 01248 670 628
Our confidential helpline provides information and emotional support to survivors
of rape or sexual abuse, and to people who are supporting a survivor.
- Relate: www.relate.org.uk / 0300 003 2340 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Relate services are here to help strengthen relationships across Wales, through
individual, couple, family or young people counselling. Whether you are on your
own, or in a relationship, LGBTQI+ or non-monogamous, we are here to help.
- RESPECT Helpline: 0808 8024 040
Do you have concerns about your behaviour towards your partner and want to stop?
- Samaritans: Freephone 116 123
24 hour listening service.
- Stepping Stones: 01978 352 717
Stepping Stones offers support and a professional counselling service to adult
survivors of child sexual abuse.
- STOPCE: 01332 585371
Our network links professionals involved in creating the best response for children and
young people and their families who have become subjected to child exploitation.
- Victim Help Centre North Wales: 0300 30 30 159
Providing support for victims of crime.
- White Ribbon: www.whiteribbon.org.uk
White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence
against women and girls.
- Welsh Women’s Aid – Live Fear Free Helpline: 0808 80 10 800
Provide a 24 hour bilingual freephone help line information and signposting service to
women, men and children that are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence.