Town joins anti-violence campaign

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A campaign to stop domestic violence has awarded Eastbourne with White Ribbon status, in recognition of its commitment to the cause.

The White Ribbon Campaign is an international organisation which aims to educate more people about domestic violence, and urges men to take responsibility for their actions.

The town’s White Ribbon status comes just one week after East Sussex County Council announced it would get involved with the campaign, and would apply for the status as well.

Sussex Police, which already holds White Ribbon status, is also involved, and as one of the partners involved in seeking this recognition for Eastbourne, it has welcomed the award.

The town’s police commander, chief inspector Steve Biglands, said, “I am delighted that the partners in Eastbourne have risen to the challenge of demonstrating their collective commitment to eliminate violence against women and girls by obtaining White Ribbon status for the town – well done to all.

“If you are a victim or you know of someone suffering abuse, please tell us so that we can help.”

White Ribbon Day takes place on Tuesday November 25, and Eastbourne will celebrate its recognition with a series of awareness events in the town.

These will be taking place at Age Concern, Ventor House, Eastbourne Borough Council, The Arndale shopping centre and Sussex Downs College

Police officers will show their support by attending each location to explain how people can make a difference by pledging not to remain silent about domestic violence.

They will also offer advice on any concerns that people may have.

For more information on The White Ribbon campaign, and to find out how you can support it, visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk