People in the Horsham District are being encouraged by the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership to wear a white ribbon on Sunday 25 November in support of the national White Ribbon Day campaign against violence to women.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest effort to end domestic violence against women.
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to condone, commit or remain silent about domestic abuse.
Natalie Brahma-Pearl, Chair of the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership, said:
“The white ribbon is considered to be a symbol of hope for a world where women and girls can live free from the fear of violence.
“Wearing a white ribbon on this day is an opportunity for everyone to show that they do not accept or condone violence against women.
“It is also an opportunity to remember that domestic violence can happen anywhere to anyone and we will be reminding local people what to do if they experience or witness such behaviour.”
However domestic abuse can affect anyone irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or disability. It can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial.
More information about the White Ribbon campaign can be found online at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk or by calling 01422 886545.
Support for men experiencing violence can be found on the Men’s Advice Line website (www.mensadviceline.org.uk) or by calling 0808 801 0327.
Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence can be found on the Broken Rainbow website (www.brokenrainbow.org) or by calling 0300 999 5428.
Local WORTH domestic abuse advisors are available to offer advice seven days a week across West Sussex. Call 07834 968539 between 9am and 5pm or visit www.worthservices.org for more information.
Rise is a charity working to offer advice and support to women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse across Adur and north Sussex. Rise provides regular drop-ins and advice appointments. Contact Rise in the north Sussex area by calling 01403 750499 or visit the website www.riseuk.org.uk