Take a Stand against Violence towards Women
If you could be the kind of guy you want to be, what would you do?
What kind of relationship would you have with women?
Having a respectful relationship is the alternative to violence towards women.
Violence towards women is never acceptable. Whether you are a husband, father, son, brother, uncle or granddad – we all have women in our lives that we love and wouldn’t want to see exposed to violence.
The White Ribbon campaign aims to change men’s attitudes and behaviours, predominantly through men talking to men. Men are role models for our children. We need to nurture a culture that encourages respect and rejects violence.
Wearing a White Ribbon on Tuesday 25th November makes it clear to others that you do not tolerate violence towards women. White Ribbon Day is the international day when people, particularly men, wear a White Ribbon to show they won’t tolerate, ignore or remain silent about violence towards women.
Where to get help
You can call one of the following helplines for advice or support if you are dealing with physical or sexual violence:
- It’s Not Ok (0800 456 450)
- Rape Crisis (0800 88 33 00)
- Women’s Refuge (0800 733 843)
- Shine (0508 744 633).
Themes for 2016 White Ribbon campaign
This year White Ribbon is promoting:
- Respectful relationships between men and women, based on equality, and non-violent communication and behaviours.
- Respectful sexual relationships including mutual agreement and consent to prevent sexual violence
- Men challenging the attitudes and behaviour of other men – being part of the solution
- Parents developing your child’s respectful behaviour.
Violence isn’t just physical – it’s also emotional or verbal
Psychological (non-physical) violence is about behaviours used to control someone through fear (e.g. manipulation and pressure), and affects people’s emotions and personality rather than their body. Victims of emotional abuse can feel like they are going mad, are very frightened, and feel like they have no choices and are often made to feel like it’s their fault.
This form of abuse is often underestimated. It’s not recognised by many people because it can be subtle and hidden. Survivors say this kind of abuse can rob them of confidence and self-worth, and its effects can last the longest.