Despite the cold and foggy weather, men donned their high heels yet again for the annulay 'These Heels are Made for Walking' (as in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes). The starting ribbon was cut by Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's first PCC (Police Crime Commissioner) who accompanied us on the walk - although could not be convinced along with the police officers to wear the heels. Photos are available on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/78302092@N03/but here's a taster!
The support of the West Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner follows on from that of the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Lancashire, Clive Grunshaw, has pledged his support to the White Ribbon Campaign and wore a white ribbon during his inaugural speech on November 22. Mr Grunshaw has made tackling domestic violence one of his key priorities during his term as PCC.
The Chief Inspector of Constabulary produced a damning report on the Police's response to Domestic Abuse last week.
Assistant Chief Constable Rolfe, the Association of Chief Police Officers lead on Domestic Abuse mentioned to positive work on prevention which some forces, notably Sussex and Lancashire are undertaking with White Ribbon Campaign.
At least one in three women is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused by an intimate partner in the course of her lifetime.