A POLICE chief has backed a campaign aiming to end abuse against women and girls.
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has pledged his support to White Ribbon Day.
The international event to stop abuse against women and girls took place this week.
The male-led campaign focuses on helping women break the silence by not ignoring, not condoning and standing up to domestic abuse.
Organisers say the white ribbon is a symbol of hope for a world where women and girls can live free from the fear of violence. Wearing the ribbon is about showing that violence and abuse is not acceptable.
Mr Coppinger is backing the campaign to send out a strong message never to condone such abuse.
He said: “White Ribbon Day is an excellent way to raise awareness of such a significant and devastating issue.
“Most men do not commit violence against women. But all men have a role in ending it.
“Over the past year, I and my counterparts from Durham and Northumbria have been working closely with our respective forces and partners to implement our Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
“Hopefully, this work is going a long way to making victims have access to the specialist support required in order to feel safer and more supported.”
Mr Coppinger would encourage others to do so by accessing the White Ribbon website: http://www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/
He concluded: “We must not forget that males can also be victims of domestic abuse –with numbers of men coming forward on the rise.
“We need to set a clear stance that domestic abuse against anyone is totally unacceptable.”