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White Ribbon Day unites Enfield against domestic violence

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24 November 2017

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The Metropolitan Police, health groups and Enfield Council joined forces to raise awareness about domestic violence ahead of White Ribbon Day.

- White Ribbon Day UK celebrated on 25 November
- Enfield Council joins forces with partner organisations on tackling abuse
- Heron Hall students share their relationship experiences with special performance
 
The Metropolitan Police, health groups and Enfield Council joined forces on Thursday (23 November) to raise awareness about domestic violence ahead of White Ribbon Day.
 
Enfield Council re-affirmed its commitment to the White Ribbon Pledge which empowers women and girls to stand up to violence. At a special conference held at the Dugdale Centre the Council was officially recognised for its work with an award, presented by White Ribbon UK to Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga.
 
This year’s White Ribbon awareness day takes place on Saturday, 25 November. Enfield Council was the first London borough to achieve White Ribbon status in 2010. At the conference the Council and its partners discussed a two-year plan to address a range of areas affected by domestic violence and how we plan to offer united support.
 
Cllr Fonyonga said: “Enfield Council is proud to have signed up to the White Ribbon pledge to never excuse, commit or remain silent about male violence against women. There is no place in a civilised society for a cowardly and abhorrent crime such as this. We will continue to work with our partner organisations to bring those responsible for committing violence to justice and to help protect domestic violence survivors.”

At the conference, pupils from Heron Hall Academy presented a dramatic piece based around a workshop on relationships delivered by the charity Tender Education & Arts.

Students who took part in the project were asked to discuss some of the pressures of being in relationships with particular emphasis on social media. The group of students from year 11 also explored early warning-signs of unhealthy behaviours and different types of relationship abuse.

These themes have also been brought to light via Enfield Council’s awareness campaign ‘Boyfriend Material’, aimed at helping women to realise when their relationships have become unhealthy or abusive. This is the second phase of Enfield Council’s award-winning domestic violence campaign.

Domestic violence describes abuse used by someone to control or overpower their partner. It can include physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, emotional and financial abuse. If you need help, visit www.enfield.gov.uk/dv for information, contact numbers and advice on your rights.