A commitment to put an end to domestic abuse has earned East Sussex County Council (ESCC) White Ribbon status.
The authority becomes only the second county council in the country to be recognised by the national campaign for its efforts to tackle the growing problem.
The White Ribbon Campaign aims to ensure men take responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women by raising awareness and understanding. The award recognises the county council’s commitment to increase awareness, provide and support services aimed at reducing incidence of domestic violence and rally the local community to make a stand against the crime. In 2013/14 in East Sussex alone, 6,360 domestic abuse crimes and incidents were reported to the police. It is believed that more than 40,000 women and around 1,250 men living in the county could experience four or more incidents of domestic abuse as adults. Councillor Bill Bentley, lead member for adult social care, said: “There is never an excuse for domestic violence and it can never be condoned. We have become part of a growing group of organisations which are clearly saying that we won’t stand for it.”