While is hasn’t quite got the recognition of the red ribbon or the red poppy today was white ribbon day – when men are asked to wear a white ribbon as a symbol of their pledge not to cause, threaten or condone harm to women.
Along with several other councillors I attended an awareness event organised by Wandsworth Victim Support to promote the day and highlight the problems that still exist with domestic violence.
Of course, domestic violence is not purely a problem of men harming women, but can exist within any home, with both men and women suffering as victims at the hands of partners and other family members. Wandsworth has always had a comparatively low incidence of domestic violence, but that always carries the fear that there is under-reporting.
The council and Victim Support run a one stop shop every Monday at Battersea Arts Centre. More information can be found via the council’s website at wandsworth.gov.uk/domesticviolence