Talking West Cheshire

Council awarded White Ribbon Partnership Award

24 April 2012

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been awarded the nationally recognised White Ribbon Partnership Award from the White Ribbon Campaign UK for its multi-agency partnership approach to tackling domestic abuse.

Working in partnership with public, private, community, voluntary and faith sectors the award was granted to the authority’s Cheshire West Together project for its approach to increasing awareness of domestic abuse and support to families affected by domestic abuse.

The White Ribbon Campaign is an international project aimed at raising awareness and understanding about domestic abuse and supporting the improvement of services in order to reduce the impact of domestic violence.

West Cheshire Together is the first partnership in the country to achieve the award.

Phil Jones, Cheshire Police and Chair of the Domestic Abuse Partnership, said: “Achievement of the White Ribbon Award recognises the work that the partnership is doing to tackle the effects of domestic abuse in West Cheshire.

“Our partners have a strong track record of promoting and delivering multi-agency activities that have improved services and provided specialist support to more than 500 families affected by domestic abuse each year; with safety advice and emotional support delivered to many more.”

Leader of the Council, Mike Jones, said: “We are very proud that this national campaign has recognised the work of the Council and partners to raise awareness of the issues of domestic violence.

“The benefits of increasing awareness and dealing effectively with domestic violence cannot be overestimated. Domestic abuse affects the whole of society, with long term and far reaching effects on families, children and communities. It is not only the victim who is affected but also the impact on children witnessing domestic abuse is huge”.

Last November the council worked with various organisations to promote the White Ribbon Campaign throughout the borough.

A pink fire engine toured towns and events included giving out 365 white carnations in Northwich, a One Mile Walk with the Chester Giants, a washing line of 588 white t-shirts hung around the Civic Square in Ellesmere Port and awareness raising at the switch on of Winsford’s Christmas Lights.

This year the partnership is planning to increase its support for the campaign by involving more communities, schools and organisations in a borough-wide set of events to raise the profile of the issue, change attitudes and encourage people in abusive relationships to seek help.

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Photo caption: Leader of the Council, Mike Jones, Sheila Brookes, Domestic Abuse Coordinator White Ribbon Campaign’s Chris Hancox, Acting Chief Superintendent Phil Jones, Julie Webster, West Cheshire PCT, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Chief Executive Steve Robinson and Performance Manager Angela Davies.