St Helens Council showed its support for eliminating violence against women with a high heeled walk around the town centre to mark White Ribbon Day.
The walk was part of the White Ribbon Campaign’s annual national day on 25 November, encouraging men to make a visible personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
As a White Ribbon authority, the Council’s male employees swapped their shoes for stilettos, alongside partner agencies Helena Partnerships and Merseyside Police, as part of a ‘walk a mile in her shoes’ event.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Housing and Community Safety, Cllr Richard McCauley, who strutted around town to show his support, said: “Along with our community safety partners, we fully support the aims of the White Ribbon Campaign.
“We continue to work to identify those who are victims of male violence and strive to ensure we hold perpetrators of violence to account for their actions.”
A Merseyside Fire and Rescue engine also highlighted the campaign by displaying the message ‘Domestic abuse knows no gender’ on the side of the truck, while white ribbons were displayed in council buildings and vehicles – and the White Ribbon flag was flown above the town hall.
Residents, particularly men, are being encouraged to sign the White Ribbon pledge to vow never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
To sign the pledge, and for more information about the campaign, visit: www.sthelens.gov.uk/whiteribbon
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence; help is available. Call the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) on 01744 743 200
If your behaviour is hurting someone and you want to stop. Contact the RESPECT helpline on 0808 802 4040.