Search site

Council pledges to become a White Ribbon Authority by 2013

Mansfield District Council has passed a motion, pledging to become a White Ribbon Authority by February 2013.

The White Ribbon Authorities Award is for authorities wishing to demonstrate their commitment to ending domestic violence. In February 2012, the Council made a pledge to support the year-long White Ribbon 'Man Enough' campaign, which aimed to get a minimum of 10,000 pledges from men across Nottinghamshire, stating their opposition to violence and abuse against women and girls.

Councillor Sonya Ward, Shadow Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, who proposed the motion, said: "The accreditation of the White Ribbon Authorities Award will be a continuation of the excellent work already undertaken. Addressing the problems of domestic violence is more complex than just having reactive services. It's also about changing the culture towards violence.

"Domestic violence increases during times of recession, so it's very important that we work proactively to protect women, children and their families."

The White Ribbon Campaign UK has the following aims:

  • addressing and altering social norms that lead to violent behaviour against women
  • involving men in prevention activities
  • increasing awareness of the issue
  • providing services aimed at reducing  the incidence of domestic violence
  • mobilising entire local communities to end violence against women.

Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, Councillor Mick Barton, said: "The Council has already undertaken a lot of work in this area which means we are well on the way to achieving this award. We have been working closely with local Women's Aid services and the Police to proactively tackle the problem of domestic violence. The award will help us to identify even more areas where we can help victims and their families."

Published 06 July 2012

Contact us Contact us

Powered by GOSS iCM