Plea to end domestic violence

Plea to end domestic violence

Wear a white ribbon to back a worldwide call to end domestic violence against women. 

That is the plea to people in Waltham Forest as organisations join forces to highlight the issue. 

Domestic violence can happen to any age group, any gender and any role within a household but women aged 20-39 are most at risk. 

In Waltham Forest Borough Police recorded a 2% increase on last year and a total of 2,653 domestic abuse offences. 

The White Ribbon Campaign, which runs for 16 days from 25 November to 10 December 2017, is the largest global effort to stand up to this crime against women. 

During the campaign, NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (WF CCG), Waltham Forest Council and other health and community organisations will be raising awareness of violence against women and girls. 

A series of events are taking place across the borough with staff wearing 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 Well Being, Leyton Orient Trust, said: “Leyton Orient are proud to have been supporting the white ribbon campaign for the past four 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. 

“We encourage all of our fans and local community members to sign the pledge to help put a stop to domestic violence.” 

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, transgender, and children. You can call Solace Women’s Aid confidentially on 07340 683382.

Paul Smollen, Quality and Patient Safety Manager said “I want all people to stand up, speak out and act and together we can build a future free from violence and abuse.

“No one should have to suffer, if you are suffering there  are a number of services you can seek help from, such as your GP, police, social services or by calling a free national confidential helpline on 0808 2000 247”

A full directory domestic violence services available in the borough can be found on the council website