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Rovers back council campaign

Posted: Mon 23 Dec 2013
Author: rovers.co.uk

Blackburn Rovers are supporting a campaign to make a firm stand against domestic abuse.

The news comes after the borough was awarded White Ribbon status - demonstrating a commitment from partner agencies to tackling the issue.
 
Blackburn Rovers have vowed to pledge their support for the campaign to put a stop to violence against women.
 
Blackburn with Darwen Council is working alongside Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Police, and the Police and Crime Commissioner who have all signed up to the White Ribbon campaign.
 
The pledge is a public commitment to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. It's part of a wider plan to make Lancashire into the first White Ribbon County.
 
Domestic abuse remains a hidden crime and prevention involves challenging social attitudes towards domestic abuse.
 
Councillor Pat McFall Chair of the Domestic Abuse Strategic Board and responsible for the Domestic Abuse Service in Blackburn with Darwen said: “I am proud to support the White Ribbon Campaign and want to thank Blackburn Rovers for supporting this important campaign.
 
“This campaign aims to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of domestic violence. It will help to guide people who are experiencing domestic abuse to safe and appropriate support.
 
“And it’s also important to point out that while more often violence is against women, we must not forget men are victims too and we should all do what we can to give domestic violence the red card.”
 
Blackburn Rovers have pledged their support which will see players wearing T-Shirts, white ribbons and holding red cards to show their support ahead of Boxing Day’s fixture when they take on Sheffield Wednesday.
 
A short video will be shown at half-time to highlight different types of domestic abuse.
 
Manager Gary Bowyer said: "As managers and footballers we are in a position of examples for young men. Silence is not an option. We need to blow the whistle on violence against women, and help put a stop to it. Our football club is proud to show its support to this campaign."
 
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: "I have pledged to make tackling domestic abuse a priority in my Police and Crime Plan, and I want organisations across Lancashire to join me in stating their commitment to ending domestic violence.
 
"This is not a problem which can be ignored, and we all have a stake in tackling it.

“Rovers support for the campaign will hopefully help raise awareness of the issue and together help us make a real stand against domestic violence."
 
The White Ribbon Campaign encourages men to make a stand against abuse and raise awareness. The campaign helps to address attitudes towards violence, before they become deeply ingrained.
 
The White Ribbon Campaign is aimed at men, but women can also support the campaign by choosing to wear a ribbon.

For more details about the campaign visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk.