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Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is building on its accreditation as a White Ribbon employer by training staff in domestic violence awareness through a national prevention campaign.
As well as taking part in White Ribbon Day on 24 November – where they ‘Wear White to Work’ to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – employees are to be given training aimed at helping them identify and support victims.
“Those who are subjected to abuse often access a range of public services – they might have housing issues or are part of the education system,” said County Borough Council Leader Cllr Kevin O’Neill.
“Following training, each of these services will be better equipped to help provide a pathway to support for victims and opportunities for early intervention and prevention.
“I would like to further reassure the public that the Council is totally committed to supporting victims of all types of domestic violence, sexual abuse and harassment, in and out of the workplace.”
The White Ribbon Campaign is part of an international effort of men and women working to end male violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Council staff are being given the opportunity to wear white clothing or a white ribbon to work on 24 November and donate a minimum of £1, which will be passed on to Safer Merthyr Tydfil to fund further White Ribbon campaigning activity.
The authority’s Community Safety Officer/PREVENT Co-Ordinator Claire Blackmore – together with Cwm Taf Regional Advisor, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Deb Evans – are devising the training session, which will provide a general introduction to domestic violence and a case study to allow participants to see how early signs of abuse can build into a bigger picture.
It will also provide details of local agencies that are available to help if officers either have concerns about someone they know or if they are maybe experiencing abuse themselves.
“The County Borough Council is a White Ribbon accredited employer, which means we are committed to protecting and supporting victims of such violence and abuse, and work with enforcing agencies to ensure perpetrators are held accountable for what they do and provided with appropriate help,” said Cllr O’Neill.