Sussex Police has published the first of two White Ribbon awareness videos today, (25 November) for White Ribbon Day 2016.
16 male staff and officers have taken part the videos to say why they support White Ribbon; one to represent each of the ‘16 days of activism’ which the campaign is promoting this year.
This is being shown in two videos, at the beginning, and end of the 16 days on Saturday 10 December.
White Ribbon UK is part of an international organisation working to oppose violence and abuse against women.
Sussex Police was the first police force in England to be awarded White Ribbon status in recognition of the work being done to tackle domestic abuse and is committed to supporting the aims of the White Ribbon Campaign: - never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, and to help and support EVERYONE who is experiencing domestic abuse.
The White Ribbon is a symbol of hope for a world where people can live free from the fear of violence and abuse. By wearing a White Ribbon pin badge, you can show your support in challenging the acceptability of violence by becoming involved in challenging attitudes and behaviour, and helping women to break the silence. You can pledge your support and to find out more details online.
Chief Constable Giles York said, "This is not and never has been a "women's issue". The campaign addresses men directly so they understand the scale of the problem, and become part of the solution, alongside women. It also covers all types of violence that women are subjected to. Sussex Police supports this campaign, and will be communicating that domestic abuse and violence should not be tolerated against ANYONE."
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, said, "I am pleased that police officers and staff have stepped forward to film their White Ribbon pledges for everyone to see. The fight against domestic abuse will remain a priority for Sussex Police during my tenure as PCC. It is a serious issue, it often happens behind closed doors where coercive and controlling behaviour is harder to recognise, and it has a devastating impact on victims and their families.
"I would encourage anyone who may be experiencing abuse by a partner or family member to report it to the police or one of the agencies in Sussex who specialise in providing expert support and advice."
For advice and support about domestic abuse visit go online or call 101 or 01273 470101.