Crusade on domestic violence

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Leaders at East Sussex County Council have shown their commitment to put an end to domestic abuse by applying for White Ribbon Status.

At its meeting last Tuesday (November 11), the cabinet approved plans to apply for the status, awarded to organisations in recognition of their commitment to the global campaign.

The White Ribbon Campaign aims to ensure men take responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women by raising awareness and understanding.

Councillor Bill Bentley, the county council’s lead member for adult social care, said: “Based on research, we estimate that more than 40,000 women and almost 1,250 men living in East Sussex could experience four or more incidents of domestic abuse as adults. This figure is shocking and we need to stand together and send the message out that it is not acceptable. As a council we can ensure that those affected by domestic abuse have access to the services designed to help them get out of the situation.” As part of its bid, all male councillors will be invited to become White Ribbon Campaign Ambassadors and female councillors, campaign champions.