Call to take action to end domestic violence
Wear a white ribbon and join the biggest worldwide call to take action to end domestic violence against women.
Domestic violence can happen to any gender, age group or role within a household, with women aged 20-39 being most at risk.
Figures collected by the Metropolitan Police show that in Waltham Forest, domestic violence against both women and men accounts for around 37% of all violent crime.
The White Ribbon Campaign, which runs for 16 days from 25 November to 10 December 2016, is the largest global effort to stand up to this crime against women.
During the campaign, NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (WF CCG), the local council – London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF) - and other NHS and community organisations will be raising awareness of violence against women and girls.
A series of professional and public events are taking place and will see staff wear white ribbons to show their support.
Leyton Orient Football Club and Leyton Orient Trust have worked in partnership with the council for four years and have received an accreditation to support this campaign.
Phillip Smith, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Leyton Orient Trust, said: “Leyton Orient are proud to have supported the white ribbon campaign for the past three seasons.
“Sport can have a tremendous influence over men’s and youth culture, and provides an excellent avenue for promoting safe and respectful behaviours amongst both men and women.
“Domestic violence is something that can affect any age group, any gender and any role and so we encourage all of our fans and local community members to sign the pledge to help put a stop to domestic violence.”
Research suggests domestic crime is under-reported by about 40%. There are a range of therapeutic support services available to adults and children and young people to support their recovery, empowerment and independence.
Access to these services is organised by Solace Women's Aid, who will find the appropriate advice for adults, including lesbian, gay, bi and transgender, as well as children. You can call Solace Women’s Aid confidentially on 07340 683382.
A full directory of domestic violence services available in the borough can be found on the council website: https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/domestic-violence
Paul Larrisey, Deputy Nurse Director, Safeguarding & Continuing Healthcare: “These services are available to all residents who need them. Calls are confidential. Please do not suffer in silence but call for help or speak to your GP.”