white-ribbon-day1I know there are ribbons and wrist bands to mark almost every pressing cause but please, please do support  the White Ribbon campaign in Suffolk, and say no to domestic violence.

Domestic violence is, we know, wildly under reported, its impact lasts long, long after physical scars are healed – often for life, and it affects the whole family.

Last week the Suffolk Domestic Abuse Partnership with guests including county councillors, University Campus Suffolk (UCS) and the fire service, launched its white ribbon campaign 2014 supporting the international day against violence to women.

People are also invited to show their support by taking a picture of themselves, whilst holding up a sign saying #MakeYourVoiceCount, and email your pictures to: community.safety@suffolk.gov.uk. Tweet it to @SaferSuffolk Pictures will be used at the domestic abuse forum to show the campaign’s support in Suffolk

In Suffolk, over the last 12 months, more than 8,000 domestic abuse incidents have been reported. A rise of nearly 1,000 cases from last year’s campaign. Statistics from Suffolk Police show that domestic violence is mostly committed by men, with approximately 77% of all incidents reported by women. The White Ribbon campaign aims to promote how victims can access guidance and help, and raise awareness of all aspects of domestic abuse. Anybody who is experiencing any form of domestic violence or who is concerned about a friend or family member can contact the National Domestic Violence Freephone 24hr helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit:www.suffolk.gov.uk/domesticabuse