Council signs up to White Ribbon Campaign
Bridgend County Borough Council has pledged its support to a campaign which aims to end domestic abuse against women.
Council Leader Mel Nott and Chief Executive Darren Mepham dedicated the authorityâ€™s support to the White Ribbon Campaign by â€˜pledge sheetsâ€™ at the Civic Offices in Bridgend.
Featuring key messages about domestic abuse, the display includes artwork and photographs created by pupils from Maesteg Comprehensive, t-shirts designed by young people from the Youth Offenders Service, and a DVD made by Bridgend Womenâ€™s Aid.
The display will be transported to Hartshorn House in Maesteg on Friday 29 November, before spending a week at Pyle Life Centre from Friday 6 December.
A Community Support Officer from South Wales Police is spending one hour each day at the display in each venue, which also features information from Bridgend Womenâ€™s Aid, contact information for domestic abuse services, the and White Ribbon Campaign â€˜pledge sheetsâ€™ which local men can sign to commit to never commiting, condoning or remaining silent about instances of domestic abuse and violence against women.
Council Leader Mel Nott said: â€œMost people would agree that abuse against women is intolerable in any circumstance, but a minority of people persist with this contemptible behaviour
â€œIt is important that the whole community takes a shared stance against domestic abuse, and as a council we are determined to be at the forefront of this.
â€œWe will continue to work hard with our partners to spread the message that there is no place for domestic abuse in Bridgend County Borough, and to ensure that perpetrators of domestic abuse are held accountable for their unacceptable actions.â€
The authorityâ€™s show of support for the campaign is the latest move it has taken to help prevent domestic abuse in Bridgend County Borough, having recently updated its protocol for supporting employees who are victims of domestic abuse.
The protocol also provides employees with information about how and where they can receive advice, help, support and counselling.
To find out more about the White Ribbon Campaign, visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk.