Elmbridge Borough Council teamed up with PA Housing and Surrey Police in the inaugural Elmbridge White Ribbon Campaign football tournament to raise awareness of domestic abuse and in particular the White Ribbon Campaign on Saturday 24 November at the Xcel Leisure Complex, Walton-on-Thames.
The Mayor of Elmbridge kicked off the tournament which saw over 20 staff from agencies within the Community and Safety Partnership compete to win the trophy.
White Ribbon UK was founded in 2005 with a mission to end male violence against women, once and for all. They work with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. Their volunteer ambassadors engage with other men and boys to call out such behaviour among their peers, while promoting a culture of equality and respect.
Councillor Andrew Burley, Portfolio Holder for Community and Social Affairs, says “Elmbridge recognises that domestic abuse affects people from all demographics and backgrounds, although we recognise that women are disproportionately affected. It is important that we start a conversations with our friends/work colleagues about domestic abuse and/or the work of our outreach services. The more we talk about it the more we break the silence.
Margaret Bourne, Chief Executive Citizens Advice Elmbridge (West) North Surrey Domestic Abuse Service, says, “During the year 2017-18 Surrey’s Domestic Abuse Outreach Services received 4753 referrals. 4155 were female and 598 were male. Elmbridge are calling on all men to take a stand against sexism and gender-based violence in all forms.”
If you want to help just like we did, find out how on the White Ribbon campaign website.
Over £100 was raised for the White Ribbon Campaign at the football tournament.
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