Today is White Ribbon Day. It marks the start of 16 days of action against male violence, running from 25 November to 10 December. It’s an annual campaign which has perhaps never been so important.
This year the leading message for White Ribbon Day is that #AllMenCan make a difference, take action and make a stand. Our Officers, including our Chief Constable Chris Haward, will be making the promise to “never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.”
Chief Constable Chris Haward said,
“The utter tragedy of the murder of Sarah Everard means that addressing male violence against women and girls is at the forefront of our minds and at the heart of what we do. It’s our job to keep you safe, and our challenge to build in our communities, a trust and confidence that we are here to protect and help.
“As we seek to gain the trust of the people we serve, we must also look inward at our own people. There is no place here for anyone whose views, values or actions are anything but respectful, kind and decent. We are seeking the experiences of women in our Force so we can make sure we have an environment that is free from misogyny and harassment, both for our workforce, and for the communities we serve.”
“Men and women across our organisation will be wearing the White Ribbon to show our commitment to tackling male violence and to demonstrate that we will not excuse or remain silent on this issue.”
Today, and for the 16 day campaign period, we will be highlighting key messages in relation to domestic abuse and male violence and we will outline where people can access support and advice within Lincolnshire.
There are vital messages that people need to know and this campaign is about getting these messages across. The information could be a lifeline to a woman enduring abuse or suffering violence.
Our vital messages
We will not excuse or remain silent on violence against women and girls.
We will explain the signs of abuse, coercion and control.
We will raise awareness of stalking and harassment and what to do if you are experiencing this invasive and terrifying crime.
We will promote “safe spaces” for those enduring domestic abuse, available in participating pharmacies where you will be offered a phone line and support in a secure environment.
We will be addressing perpetrators of male violence and urging them to seek help to change their behaviour.
We will promote the “silent solution” if you call 999 but speaking would put you in danger.
We will promote “Hollie Guard”, a safety app for your mobile phone.
We will promote “street safe” a pilot scheme inviting women to indicate places where they have felt unsafe.
Please join us on social media and share our posts on information and support. You can also make the promise to “never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women” using the hashtags #AllMenCan #WhiteRibbon #MakeThePromise and #16Days
Please email [email protected] for any enquiries or interview requests. We will be seeking to utilise any opportunities to get these vital messages across and your support in this is greatly appreciated.
Where to get help
If you or your children are in immediate danger you should always call 999. If it is not safe to speak we use Silent Solutions. Press 5 5 when prompted and this will tell us that you need us.
If you don't want to call us you can access help from specialist domestic abuse services:
End Domestic Abuse Now (EDAN) Lincolnshire available on 01522 510041. Lincolnshire's Domestic Abuse Support Service now have an online chat function on their website. It is available between Monday and Friday 10am to 12pm. The Chat function allows someone to chat with a support worker at EDAN Lincs virtually, which can often be easier for some people to make that first step.
If you are a child or young person and domestic abuse is happening in your home or relationship, Childline is available on 0800 1111.
Safe spaces are available in UK pharmacies including Boots, Superdrug, Morrisons and many independent pharmacies. Go to the healthcare counter and ask to use the safe space where you can access support.
If you are worried about your own behaviour
At home shouldn’t mean at risk. There is no excuse for abuse. If you are abusive, get help.
Call the Respect helpline on 0808 802 4040 or use webchat on the Respect website.