Hull gains White Ribbon Status

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull has attained White Ribbon Status for its commitment to tackling violence against women.

An anti-violence campaign is being launched in the city to coincide with Valentine’s Day – a time of year that often sees an increase in the number of cases of violence against women – in a bid to raise awareness of the issue.

The male White Ribbon Ambassadors took to the pitch at half-time of the Super League encounter between Hull FC and Warrington Wolves at the KC Stadium today to release 25 balloons into the air.

Supporters include Kirk Yeaman and Richard Horne of Hull FC.

Each of the balloons represented 1,000 of the estimated 24,690 women who experience domestic abuse in Hull every year.

Other efforts to raise awareness will include a number of special events in workplaces and the local community.

White Ribbon is supported by ambassadors from Hull City Council, Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Hull University, NSPCC, Women’s Aid and Preston Road Women’s Centre.

The police respond to between 550 and 650 calls about domestic abuse every month. In 2014 alone, domestic abuse services in Hull supported more than 2,700 women and their children across the city.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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