A council, a fire and rescue service and a police force
have been awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status.
Carmarthenshire Council, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue
Service and Dyfed-Powys Police have all met the standards required to be
awarded with the prestigious status.
White Ribbon UK status shows an organisation’s commitment to The White Ribbon
Campaign - the largest global initiative to end male violence against women.
The award is
recognition of the work which the three organisations have already undertaken
in involving men in speaking out and challenging male violence against women
and girls. It is also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done.
organisation has Ambassadors, key male figures who have received the White
Ribbon training, have made their pledge never to commit, excuse or remain
silent about male violence against women and will encourage other men to take
of the three authorities attended an event on Friday, October 26, to celebrate
their accreditation, raise awareness of male violence against women and explore
opportunities to work together to tackle the issue.
Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “I’m proud to say
that I’m an Ambassador for the White Ribbon Campaign. It’s
men who are recruited as Ambassadors to take a stand against male violence
against women to ensure men are involved in this important conversation, we
take responsibility and engage other men to talk about this issue.”
Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd
Llywelyn said: “It’s been
important to me to commission services for victims and survivors of domestic
and sexual abuse to ensure they receive support
to cope and recover from their experience, reduce the risks to them and improve
their safety. This has included the Independent Domestic Abuse Service and Goleudy, a service for victims and
witnesses of crime and anti-social behaviour.
“The Independent Domestic Abuse
Service supports high risk victims to support them to achieve the best possible
outcome through the criminal justice system. Last year, almost 550 victims got
“Goleudy is a specialist service that offers bespoke support
to domestic abuse victims assessed as medium
risk, as well as victims and witnesses of crime, helping them to recover from
Campbell, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Community
Safety, said: “Carmarthenshire County Council has supported the White
Ribbon campaign for a number of years, but I am very proud that we have
achieved White Ribbon UK accredited status this year. By working together with
our partners this year, it is hoped the campaign will gain more awareness than
in previous years and that anyone being abused is aware of the help and support
that is out there for them.
“A number of events and initiatives will be taking place
over the 16 Days of Action.
“As a council we will be flying the White Ribbon flag at
County Hall and at our town hall buildings in Llanelli and Ammanford to show
our support. I also hope that as many people as possible will support the
annual Candlelight Walk in Carmarthen which this year takes place on November
22 from 5.15pm outside the Vue cinema in St Catherine’s Walk.”
Rob Quin, Deputy
Chief Fire Officer and Director of Service Delivery, Mid and West Wales Fire
and Rescue Service, said: “Historically we are a male dominated service and
it is good to see so many men from the Fire and Rescue Service signing the
pledge to end violence against women. We have a zero tolerance for this
behaviour and my wish is that we provide positive male and female role models
to serve our communities – and we will be aiming to get all our firefighters to
sign up to the pledge.”
ea Sully, Chief Executive of White
Ribbon UK, said: “One in
four women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, and a similar
number will suffer from sexual assault or stalking.
“The majority of
these incidents are committed by men; therefore, it is the responsibility of
men to work to prevent it.”
Individuals can join over 33,000 others who
have signed the White Ribbon UK pledge and get more information on-line at www.whiteribbon.org.uk/pledge.
White Ribbon UK on twitter: @WhiteRibbon_UK