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White ribbon raises awareness

Cllr Brian Long with the Leeway White Ribbon

Published: Thursday, 28th November 2019

A 5ft decorated white ribbon is inside the King's Court offices of the borough council to raise awareness of domestic violence and provide information about where help and support is available.

The ribbons have been produced as part of the 2019 White Ribbon campaign by Leeway and are being displayed in various shops and businesses across the county. The ribbon will be located at the council offices in King's Lynn from midday on Thursday 28 November until Friday 6 December 2019, before being returned to form part of a special exhibition featuring all the decorated ribbons. The exhibition will take place at the Forum in Norwich on 10 December between 10am and midday.

Cllr Brian Long, Leader of the Council, requested a white ribbon for King's Lynn to draw attention to the fact that nationally one in three women and one in five men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.

He said: "Many people don't talk about domestic abuse and violence in the home, and many more feel unable to do anything about it because of family ties, financial worries or fear of repercussions. The work of organisations such as Leeway and the Pandora Project, means that people have somewhere to go to share their worries and to discuss their options and they know that help and advice is at hand. These organisations also work to create ambassadors and to help change behaviour - the clear message being that abuse in any relationship is not acceptable."

"I hope people will pop into the council office and take a photo with the ribbon to post on social media and show their support for the campaign. The can also go online to donate to local or national causes or could event sign the promise on the White Ribbon website."

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