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Breckland councillors raise flag to support White Ribbon campaign against domestic violence

PUBLISHED: 13:08 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:08 29 November 2017

Councillors gathered outside Breckland council offices in Dereham on Friday in support of the White Ribbon campaign. Photo: Breckland Council

Councillors gathered outside Breckland council offices in Dereham on Friday in support of the White Ribbon campaign. Photo: Breckland Council

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Breckland councillors showed their support for the campaign to end violence against women as they raised a red and white flag outside the council offices in Dereham.

They gathered on Friday ahead of White Ribbon day on Saturday, November 25, to help raise awareness of domestic abuse.

Breckland Council chairman, Kate Millbank said: “By raising awareness of the issue we hope to encourage those in an abusive relationship to seek help, and recognise that there is no shame in their situation.

“Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, to both men and women and to people of all ages, backgrounds and religions.

“Abusers rely on the shame and silence of their victims - the White Ribbon campaign aims to break this stigma and encourage victims to seek support.”

The first White Ribbon Campaign was organised in 1991 by a group of men in Canada after the brutal mass shooting of 14 female students at the University of Montreal.

The movement spread and the UK branch of the Campaign was founded in 2004.

Now part of the annual international campaign, the White Ribbon has become a symbol of hope for a world where both women and men can live free from the fear of domestic violence.

Cllr Millbank added: “Whether it is to report suspected abuse, or to seek help, no one should remain silent. Expert, confidential support and advice is available through a number of dedicated organisations.”

Breckland Council has dedicated members of staff who have been specially trained through a Norfolk County Council programme to recognise any signs and symptoms of abuse in their own workplace, and to listen and offer support to victims. These ‘Domestic Abuse Champions’ have organised fund-raising activities throughout the week, including a cake-bake sale and the sale of white ribbons.

The White Ribbon Campaign urges individuals to pledge their support via their website, and to wear a white ribbon.

For more information about obtaining help and support, look on the Norfolk County Council website, or call the helpline 0808 2000 247, 24 hours a day.

For more information about becoming a domestic abuse champion in your own workplace, look on the Norfolk County Council website.

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