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York Wins White Ribbon in Campaign Against Domestic Violence

Julie Gunnell Lord Mayor 230513

12:40pm 7th May 2014

York will have its status as a White Ribbon city confirmed at a commemorative event at York’s historic Mansion House on Friday 9 May.

Recognition of York’s status will be presented to The Lord Mayor of York by a representative from the White Ribbon Campaign. White Ribbon status seeks to recognise cities and organisations that have demonstrated commitment to raising the profile and awareness of domestic abuse as well as the wider issues of violence against women and children.

The White Ribbon campaign also promotes support from men in prevention activities, increasing awareness and providing services aimed at reducing any form of violence against women and children.

The news comes after a year of work with partners and supporters including North Yorkshire Police, York Retreat, York Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, IDAS and many other organisations across York. A number of events also took place to raise the profile of York’s commitment to stop violence on women and children, including the ‘Reclaim the Night’ march which took place in the city centre in November last year.

The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Julie Gunnell said: “This is great news for York and it comes after a year of hard work, making this recognition particularly pleasing. I would like to thank all the partners and members of the public who have supported this campaign. The problem of domestic abuse and violence against women generally is not often spoken about and this campaign sought to publicly raise the issue.  News of the status will also see the city seek to strengthen partnership working with a clear aim to deepen understanding and reduce incidents of violence against women." 

City of York Council’s Director of Health and Wellbeing Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones said: “This is hugely positive news for the city. Violence against women and children is still far too prevalent in society and the city receiving White Ribbon status demonstrates the hard work that has been taking place to reduce these levels.  The uniqueness of the White Ribbon movement is that it encourages men to make a pledge not to commit, condone or ignore violence against women and making it the norm for men to say that there is never an excuse for violence against women.  Work to encourage more employers and men in particular will continue in York as we strive to reduce the incidence of violence against women even further."   

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