Council urges men to wear a white ribbon on 25 November


November 25 is White Ribbon Day - an annual national campaign against domestic violence. Hackney Council is encouraging everyone, especially men to wear a white ribbon as a visible pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

White ribbons can be picked up from Council buildings and neighbourhod offices.White Ribbon Day coincides with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a campaign calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime.

The Domestic Violence and Abuse Team supports women and men. The team works with around 800 residents a year to offer confidential advice, counselling and practical support. It works with various agencies, including the police and charities, to make sure victims receive the support they need – whether it is a place in a refuge, reporting a crime to the police or just someone to talk to. The Council also continues to support and give some funding to the refuge for women fleeing violence.

Cllr Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Hackney Council
We want men and boys to wear a white ribbon and pledge their support for ending violence against women. Our domestic violence and abuse team works with a number of partners to provide a comprehensive support to those who need it. We want anyone who is experiencing abuse to know that when they’re ready, we’re here for them. People who are worried about a friend or family member can also give us a call and the team can provide help and advice.
Cllr Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Hackney Council

Services available in Hackney include a confidential helpline 0800 056 0905 (free from a landline and available 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) for one-to-one support and professional advice. There are also facilities for counseling for victims of trauma and a Special Domestic Violence Court (a partnership between four neighbouring boroughs, which aims to make sure that offenders are brought to justice more effectively).

Anyone needing help or support can also contact the 24-hour national helpline on 0808 2000 247. In an emergency always call 999.