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Call to support International White Ribbon Day

People are being urged to pledge their support to help stop domestic abuse by getting involved in the International White Ribbon Day on November 25.

Domestic abuse statistics show that 70 per cent of incidents result in injury, and on average, two women in England and Wales are killed by a partner every week and one man every three weeks.

Local events that will take place on the day include:

  • Aldershot, 9.30am-3pm: A stand in the Wellington Centre, where volunteers will be available to provide information, sell ribbons, and share their own stories.
  • Basingstoke, 9:30-3pm: A stall in The Malls shopping centre, helps to raise awareness of the Taking Steps Project, and to promote White Ribbon Day. Taking Steps works with men and women victims of domestic abuse, men and women perpetrators of domestic abuse, and with children and young people affected by abuse.
  • Hampshire Constabulary is supporting International White Ribbon Day by encouraging all officers and staff across the organisation to wear a white ribbon and sign the pledge.

Karen Evans, chair of the North East Hants Domestic Abuse Forum, said:

White Ribbon Day is an excellent way to raise awareness of domestic abuse through encouraging people to wear a visible sign that they will never commit, condone or remain silent about violence to women.

Sadly, many people live in fear within their own homes and close relationships and this can affect all areas of their life. Domestic abuse can affect us all in different ways and men are also victims.

We are all likely to know someone who is suffering, as victims keep the secret to themselves and are often ashamed.

– Karen Evans

For support and advice visit the North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum website.

Football club joins campaign against domestic violence

Aldershot Town Football Club and the Safer North Hampshire community safety team are working together to tackle domestic abuse.

Through displaying information and details of where to look for help at the football ground, as well as putting the information in programmes, they hope it will encourage people to report domestic abuse.

Karen Evans, Chair of the North East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Forum said, "Abuse can happen to anyone, and often men are reluctant to report when they are the victims of abuse.

"Working in partnership with the club means that we are able to reach out to people who may not otherwise be aware of what help is available to them."

Nicky Banger from Aldershot Town Football Club said, "It's very important that we openly talk and communicate about domestic abuse, and emphasise that it is not ok or acceptable."

The team are helping to put a stop to domestic abuse Credit: Rushmoor Borough Council