Thousands make pledge

Cllr Jeremy Birch SUS-141125-173424001

Cllr Jeremy Birch SUS-141125-173424001

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Councillors, residents and other dignitaries gathered at the Town Hall this week to make a pledge against domestic violence.

The event was held to mark White Ribbon Day, which is held across the world each year in November to raise awareness.

Recently awarded White Ribbon Status, confirming that Hastings Borough Council is committed to supporting the aims of the White Ribbon Campaign, the authority invited the people of Hastings to pledge their support too.

At the event, held outside the Town Hall in Queens Square on Tuesday (November 25) council leader, councillor Jeremy Birch, the Mayor, Bruce Dowling and other dignitaries signed their pledge to ‘never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence’.

Together with Cllr Dawn Poole and chief inspector Paul Phelps they made speeches about the importance of the White Ribbon Campaign and how everyone can pledge support.

Cllr Birch said: “Nationally one in four women and one in six men will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime and one incident of domestic abuse is reported to the police every two minutes and in the UK, on average, two women are killed every week as a result of domestic violence.

“These are shocking statistics and we hope that our campaign will continue to raise awareness of this and encourage more people to speak up about domestic violence.

“It was very encouraging to see so many people in Hastings signing the White Ribbon pledge; awareness of the issue is growing year on year.

“More than 2,500 pledges have been made in Hastings this year and they are still being counted.

“Our thanks must go to all the agencies involved in supporting the White Ribbon Campaign event this year including the Penny Beale Memorial Fund, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Refuge, Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors, AmicusHorizon, the police, Homeworks and local schools and colleges.”

Log onto www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/makepledge to make your pledge against domestic violence.