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Swans and Ospreys support white ribbon event

Swansea City fans will be urged to take a stand against domestic violence and other forms of abuse as part of the White Ribbon Day campaign.

Stalls are being set up around the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday for the visit of West Bromwich Albion as part of efforts to raise awareness about male violence against women, highlighting the need to prevent abuse occurring and stopping it where it is taking place.

The White Ribbon symbolises hope across the world for women and children living in fear of domestic violence and other forms of abuse.

Swansea Council and the Swansea Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership are working to spread the message that domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women are unacceptable and support is out there.

The stalls at the stadium and a message in the Swans v West Brom match programme are just part of White Ribbon Day events taking place across the city.

White Ribbon Day itself takes place on November 25. The following day the Civic Centre in Swansea will be hosting a special event at which people can sign the White Ribbon Day pledge, supporting the effort to tackle male violence against women

The event is being supported by the Swans and the Ospreys, who will be sending representatives during the day.

The event will also include a 'Hands are not for Hurting' workshop where participants can join some of Swansea's young people and put their handprints on a banner to support the campaign.

Cllr Mary Sherwood, Swansea Council joint cabinet member for better communities whose portfolio includes domestic abuse, said: "White Ribbon Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on Swansea's strong history of developing services with our partners to prevent domestic abuse before people come to harm and to help survivors move on with their lives.

"It also gives us the chance to highlight how that work must continue to end the damage domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women does to the lives of individuals who experience it or who witness it as children. The social and economic cost to our society and to Swansea is huge."

Cllr Erika Kirchner, Swansea Council's Domestic Abuse Champion, said: "We're delighted that the Swans and Ospreys, who are role models for girls, boys, women and men in Swansea, are backing this campaign

"This is an important issue with far-reaching consequences. There are more than 6000 reported incidents to the police in Swansea every year - that's just the incidents which are reported. We all have a role in refusing to accept and tackling domestic abuse."

For further information about domestic violence and other forms of abuse and help available head to  http://www.swansea.gov.uk/domesticabuse

Wales Live Fear Free Helpline - 0808 80 10 800
Swansea Women's Aid - 01792 644683
BAWSO (BME support) - 01792 642003
SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) - 01792 206885


Video: Cllr Mary Sherwood talks about White Ribbon Day and what the Council is doing to support.

Pictured (Top Right): Lee Trundle, Swansea City FC Ambassador and Ali Morris, Swansea Council Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Coordinator

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