Dover Town Council is set to achieve White Ribbon status following a report from Councillor Chris Precious and a vote by the Full Town Council. White Ribbon UK works with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. Volunteer ambassadors work to call out behaviour among other men and boys and promote a culture of equality and respect.
Domestic violence is on the increase in the UK with 6 out of every 7 victims being women and 9 out of every 10 offenders being men. The Town Council joins nearly 100 other public sector organisations supporting White Ribbon and backed up its committment with a budget of up to £1,000 to complete the Accreditation Plan including:
- Identifying White Ribbon Ambassadors to train and develop the campaign and act as mentors locally
- Encouraging all at the Town Council to sign the pledge “Never Commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and girls”
- Using a clear system to report, assess and deal with incidents of abuse towards women and children and to encourage everyone to report such incidents
- Displaying appropriate information promoting and raising awareness about respectful relationships and abuse
- Training and awareness raising events involving the local Community and the Council at all levels
- Marking the 25th November – United nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and girls which is also White Ribbon Day