Wigan residents urged to support campaign against domestic abuse

Domestic abuse levels in Wigan are among Greater Manchester's highest
Domestic abuse levels in Wigan are among Greater Manchester's highest

Borough residents are being encouraged to show their support for the ongoing fight to eradicate domestic abuse.

Wigan Council and its partners are backing this year’s White Ribbon campaign with white trees on display in Wigan town hall reception, Wigan Life Centre and Leigh Library with white ribbons attached that residents can take away and wear.

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There is also be a book available for people to make a pledge, or they can do it online.

There are around 400 incidents of domestic abuse reported to police each month in the borough - one of the highest amounts in Greater Manchester.

The White Ribbon campaign encourages everyone to never commit, excuse or remain silent about the many forms of domestic abuse, with more than 35,000 people already signing up to this pledge.

Coun Paula Wakefield, lead member for equalities, said: “We are really proud of the work being done in the borough.

“We are leading the way in our approach to domestic abuse and the provision of support for the victims and families but we know more must be done.

“If we are to make a real difference and prevent more instances of domestic abuse, we must stand together. We all have a role to play in bringing domestic violence to an end.

“By wearing the ribbon, making a pledge and standing together, we are making a statement that domestic abuse is never ok, that help is here when you need it and that you do not have to face the issue alone.”

White Ribbon Day itself was on November 25, but the campaign urges people to pick up and wear ribbons right up to December 11.