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Ending Violence Against Women

Tuesday 21 November

Council backs International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Swale Borough Council has planned a series of events to support the United Nations’ campaign to end violence against women, including a public information stand at Sittingbourne’s ASDA supermarket on Monday, 27 November.

The stand, which will run between 10:00 and 13:00, will provide an opportunity to share key information about this important issue. Swale council officers and staff from SATEDA, one of the local charities supporting victims of domestic abuse, will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice.

As well as enabling residents to find out more about the issue of male violence against women, the council hopes the initiative will provide an opportunity for anyone directly affected by abuse to seek support.

In addition to the information stand, the council has scheduled further internal and external events to promote wider awareness of this issue.

Scheduled activities include an information event for council staff, a presentation to the Milstead with Frinstead branch of the Women’s Institute and an appearance on local radio station, SFM.

Swale council is a signatory to the White Ribbon campaign. To date, more than 25,000 men and boys in the UK have taken the campaign’s pledge to: ‘Never excuse, commit or remain silent about male violence against women’.

Cllr Alan Horton, cabinet member for safer families and communities, said:

"Swale Borough Council is committed to tackling prejudice against women and girls, and all forms of domestic abuse and violence.

"By standing up to negative behaviour, we make our community a safer place for everyone, and set an example to those who look up to us.

"As such, we are urging staff, service users and the wider community through our activities and those of our partners to show their support for the White Ribbon campaign by taking the pledge, or becoming a campaign ambassador.

"We hope to see members of the community and members of other organisations alike joining in with our events, and adding to our growing number of ambassadors."

To find out more about the White Ribbon campaign, visit their website.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, please visit the domestic abuse services website.