Project aimed at ending violence against women supported by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (23 Jan 2015)

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has seen first-hand how money from his Safer Communities Fund is helping to end domestic violence.

Mr Burns-Williamson visited the White Ribbon campaign on Thursday (22 JAN) to see how the grant from his Fund, which ploughs money gained under the Proceeds of Crime Act back into communities, has been spent.

White Ribbon has received a total of £18,500 from the fund which has been spent on initiatives to raise awareness and tackle violence by men against women and girls.

Cash has been spent on an initiative to sign sports clubs up to the campaign which encourages men to stand up and say violence against women is wrong.

Money has also been spent on encouraging music venues, including Liquid nightclub in Halifax which has already signed up, to agree to a series of actions to keep women safe including getting lone females safely into taxis and charging up phones that may have no battery life.

The White Ribbon Campaign are also recruiting and training 70 additional Ambassadors who will engage with their communities and in workplaces. Ambassadors are volunteers, with Fire Officers, Opticians, Deputy Head Teachers and Imams already among those volunteering.

White Ribbon formed in Canada in 1991 with the UK branch starting in 2004. Former England Rugby League player Ikram Butt is an Ambassador for the campaign and will be at the White Ribbon headquarters tomorrow for Mr Burns-Williamson's visit.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "I was delighted to be able to see exactly how the Safer Communities Fund money is helping to ensure people stay safe.

"Certain forms of serious crime, including domestic abuse and sexual violence, are of particular concern to people and partners across West Yorkshire and I have pledged to make more resources available to ensure we can work better in tackling violence against women and girls.

"That is why I am pleased to be able to support White Ribbon's work and I know they share my view that victims need to come first ensuring they get help and support when they need it."

Chris Green, a spokesman for White Ribbon, said: "Working with sports fans and players, music fans and venues helps to get the White Ribbon message to a new audience.

"The support of the Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson is invaluable to enable us to raise awareness in ending male violence towards women."


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