Men walk the walk on White Ribbon Day

As a White Ribbon authority, St Helens Council once again showed its full
support to White Ribbon Day, a national campaign which seeks to eliminate violence against women.

To highlight this, male employees from St Helens Council and partner
agencies including Helena Partnerships and Merseyside Police swapped their shoes for stilettos and embarked on a walk around the town centre as part of a ‘walk a mile in her shoes’ event.

Held each year, White Ribbon Day was set up by a group of men who wished to take a stance and make a visible personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Housing and Community Safety, Councillor Richard McCauley, who strutted around town to show his support, said: “Along with our community safety partners, we fully support the aims of the White Ribbon Campaign. We continue to work to identify those who are victims of male violence and strive to ensure we hold perpetrators of violence to account for their actions.”

In partnership with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, a fire engines
highlighted the impactful campaign with the message ‘Domestic abuse knows no gender’ displayed on the side of the truck, and white ribbons were displayed in council buildings and on council vehicles – while the White Ribbon flag was flown above the town hall.

Residents, particularly men, are being encouraged to sign the White Ribbon pledge to vow never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

To sign the pledge, and for more information about the campaign, visit:
www.sthelens.gov.uk/whiteribbon

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence; help is
available. Call the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) on 01744 743 200

If your behaviour is hurting someone and you want to stop. Contact the
RESPECT helpline on 0808 802 4040.