County Council joins partners in pledge to end violence against women
Community leaders across Southend, Essex and Thurrock, including members at Essex County Council, are uniting today in a pledge to end violence against women.
Today marks White Ribbon Day, also known as the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It also marks the start of the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Domestic Abuse Board’s (SETDAB) 16 days of action campaign with this year’s focus being male violence against women.
The SETDAB is made up of representatives from agencies and organisations working to join up and better facilitate Southend, Essex and Thurrock’s vision to work together to enable everyone to live a life free from all forms of domestic abuse.
This year’s White Ribbon Day aims to get men in particular to think about their behaviours towards women and take the White Ribbon promise:
“I promise to never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.”
As a key partner of the SETDAB, Essex County Council has pledged its commitment to working to end violence against women and improving public safety for all.
Leader of Essex County Council, Cllr Kevin Bentley, who made his promise today said: “We stand with women across the county this White Ribbon Day. As a council we commit to do all we can to eliminate violence against women and girls.
“We are standing together with women today to say- violence against women and girls is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated. It is important for our communities to also make this pledge and stand with us too.”
Cllr Beverley Egan, ECC’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Early Years, said: “Violence against women and girls must stop. This is something that is far too deep-rooted in society today and an issue we – as individuals and accountable organisations - can simply no longer ignore.
“We are already making great strides to address this in Essex and recently launched our new domestic abuse strategy which sets out our intentions for addressing domestic abuse over the next three years and beyond.
“Our aim is to listen, take action and achieve long-lasting change across the system. We remain as committed as ever to collaborating with residents and our partners to achieve our collective ambition of ending violence against women.”
In addition to the work of the SETDAB, ECC is already working with communities and partners to address women’s safety in particular, through the Safety Advisory Group (SAG).
Deputy Leader, Cabinet member for Communities and Chair of the SAG, Cllr Louise McKinlay said: “Women and girls deserve to live a life free from violence and intimidation, whether at home or in public.
“I want the SAG to be a beacon of change, sparking the conversation about women’s safety and bringing about real, tangible action.
“Shortly, we will be announcing how we will be spending the £500,000 that ECC has allocated for initiatives in this space. Our Plan will be driven by feedback from the recent survey and subsequent discussions that have taken place with residents and organisations."
You can follow the SETDAB campaign and make your own promise on social media using #EssexUnites #AllMenCan #MakeThePromise.
Help is available for anybody suffering abuse. For more information please visit www.setdab.org