For the fourth year in a row support agencies in Hastings have come together to organise the local White Ribbon campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence. The main activities will take place on Monday 25th November 2013 across the town.
White ribbons will be handed out in the Town Centre, there will be an information stall in Priory Meadow shopping centre with experts on hand to offer information and answer questions.
Local secondary schools and Sussex Coast College Hastings will be setting up their own displays, Renaissance House and the Community Information Centre in St Leonards on sea will also hand out white ribbons and information leaflets about domestic violence.
Posters will be put up along the sea front and local businesses are being asked to participate in raising awareness about domestic violence to their staff and customers.
Last year 1584 people signed the White Ribbon pledge to ‘never commit condone or remain silent about domestic violence’ the plan is to gather as many signatures as possible again this year.
At 1pm outside Hastings Town Hall the Mayor, Leader of the Council, Sussex Police and others dignitaries will sign the pledge. The White Ribbon group encourages anyone who has a few minutes to spare to drop by and sign their pledge to show support.
The Hastings White Ribbon campaign is not just appealing to victims to get in touch with agencies that can help them, but also asking everyone to stay vigilant and report incidents of domestic violence to the police if they believe someone is in trouble. The message is that this is an issue for the whole community not just the victim or the perpetrator.
If you or your organisation would like to get involved, by raising awareness in your workplace, displaying a poster, taking some leaflets, wearing a white ribbon or sponsoring publicity materials, then please contact Jane Dodson firstname.lastname@example.org
- There are on average 5 reports of domestic violence in Hastings daily
- There were 1,986 domestic violence related crimes reported in Hastings in 2012/13
- Hastings makes up just under a 1/3 of all reported domestic violence related incidents and crimes in East Sussex