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8:28am 25th November 2014

Organisations from across Lancashire are uniting against violence towards women.

Today (25 November) is White Ribbon Day, which marks an international campaign to help stop domestic violence against women.

The campaign encourages men of all ages to take a pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, and to make their commitment public by wearing a white ribbon for 16 days.

To help make Lancashire the first White Ribbon county, organisations are being called upon to pledge their support.

Leading the way are Lancashire County Council, a number of district councils, Lancashire Police, and the office of the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, who have all committed to become White Ribbon Campaign organisations.

Reports of high-risk domestic abuse in Lancashire have increased steadily over the past three years.

The vast majority of these incidents are carried out by men against women, and figures confirm that since April 2009 more than 87% of perpetrators were male.

Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "I'm very proud that we are working towards becoming the first White Ribbon county by encouraging other major organisations in Lancashire to sign up.

"Ten organisations have already joined us, and it would be an outstanding achievement for all local authorities and public sector organisations to attain White Ribbon Campaign status.

"If men wear a white ribbon, including on a coat or jacket so that it's visible outdoors, it shows a clear commitment to the pri! nciples of the campaign and to becoming a part of the solution to the continuing problem of male violence against women - something that should have no place in our society."

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: "I am committed to tackling domestic abuse through my role as Police and Crime Commissioner, and have put funding into raising awareness and supporting services for victims.

"But organisations alone cannot bring an end to violence against women - society needs to ensure this behaviour is seen as totally unacceptable, and condemn those who commit abuse. That is why the White Ribbon campaign is so important, and why it continues to have my full support.

"It is a public condemnation of abuse, and I hope others across Lancashire will join me in pledging their commitment to it."

Chris Green from the White ribbon Campaign organisation said: "Engaging men and boys in m! aking the pledge taps into a fantastic resource to reduce violence and abuse towards women. We fully support the work ongoing in Lancashire and seeing their projects in action and improving the lives of those at risk of violence.

"Increasing the public's knowledge and understanding of domestic violence will help to guide people who are experiencing domestic abuse to safe and appropriate support."

Men can also show their support for the White Ribbon Day by following @menantiviolence on Twitter or by liking the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whiteribboncampaign.

White Ribbon Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women. For more details visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk.

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