The Government has a range of initiatives to tackle violence against women and many local authorities treat it as a priority concern. However there are still serious gaps in the provision of services to women who have faced violence and a lot more work to be done on awareness raising and prevention.
Our elected representatives need to hear that we want them to act to end violence against women.
Email your MPs and councillors and ask them to sign the White Ribbon pledge and to do everything within their powers to eliminate violence against women. You can also ask MP's and Councillors if their local council is working towards being a White ribbon town. A description of being a white ribbon town and the questionnaire to begin the process are on the website "Resources" page.
Download our sample letter about white ribbon towns . It will be more effective if you adapt it and put it in your own words.
White Ribbon Campaign UK has a place on the "Prevention" working party of End Violence Against Women Campaign. Find out more about the End Violence Against Women Campaign an unprecedented coalition of activists, survivors, academics and service providers who are calling on the Government, public bodies and others to take concerted action to end violence against women.
Many thanks to Steve Shaw, a Prison Officer currently attached to Safer Leeds Domestic Violence Team, working with perpetrators of domestic violence. On the 26th May 2013 he will be taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon, running to stop violence against women and raising funds for the White Ribbon Campaign. He invites you all to support him in this extremely worthwhile campaign by visiting my just giving page @ http://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Shaw1
On Wednesday 7th November, representatives of the White Ribbon Campaign, Chris Green and Joan Taylor, attended a parliamentary photo call in London. The event was attended by many Labour MPs including Harriet Harmon and Yvette Cooper.
In a survey for Amnesty International in the UK, over 1 in 4 respondents thought a women was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was wearing sexy or revealing clothing, and more than 1 in 5 held the same view if a woman had had many sexual partners.