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Political leaders give backing to #OrangeWolves campaign

As Wolverhampton goes Orange, politicians in the city are backing an international 16 day campaign to end violence against women and girls.

Members of the Labour Group on the City of Wolverhampton Council show their support for the #OrangeWolves campaign
Labour Group supports #OrangeWolves

Members of the Conservative Group on the City of Wolverhampton Council are backing the international campaign to end violence against women and girls
Conservative Group supports #OrangeWolves

Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden backs the campaign
Pat McFadden supports #OrangeWolves

Individuals, groups and organisations have been encouraged to Go Orange and raise awareness of the problem of violence against others, as well as highlighting the help and support that is available to victims locally.

Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "The council and its partners are committed to ending violence in all its forms, and the Labour Group is pleased to be backing this United Nations campaign to stop violence against women and girls.

"The breadth of support from across the city for the campaign is very impressive, with charities, businesses and education providers large and small joining individuals in helping to turn Wolverhampton Orange and putting safeguarding issues in the spotlight."

Councillor Wendy Thompson, Leader of the Conservative Group at the council, said: "The Wolverhampton Conservative Councillors' Group very much supports the campaign to safeguard women and girls from any violence or bullying.

"Relationships which involve such aggressive behaviour should never be acceptable."

Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden said: "I fully support Go Orange - the campaign to draw attention to violence against women and girls.

"The family should be a place of love and support, not a place of fear and violence. Women all over the world are subject to terrible domestic violence and too often it remains hidden.

"This campaign is about bringing this issue into the open and saying this must stop - there is no excuse for violence against women and girls. I am glad Wolverhampton is supporting Go Orange and would encourage everyone to show their support."

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, added: "This is an important campaign and I hope that as many groups, schools and organisations as possible will take part to Orange Wolverhampton.

"I welcome this initiative and anything we can do to highlight this awful problem can only be positive. People can get involved via social media by using the hashtag #orangewolves, by tagging @wvsafeguarding or sharing their photos and messages at Facebook."

The local campaign has been organised by the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards and Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and supported by the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership. It began on 25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - and continues until next Friday 10 December, UN Human Rights Day.

Alan Coe, Independent Chair of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards, said: "It is fantastic to see the huge level of support the Orange Wolverhampton campaign is receiving. It's not too late to get involved, and I would urge everyone to play their part.

"While the international campaign acknowledges that the majority of victims and survivors of violence are female, we recognise that there are both female and male victims of violence, and so our campaign is focused on ending violence against everyone, whatever their age or gender."

Anyone worried about or suffering from any domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour based violence or sexual violence should call the relevant helpline:

  • Wolverhampton Adults Social Care team on 01902 551199
     
  • Wolverhampton Children's Social Care on 01902 555392
     
  • The Haven Wolverhampton 24 hour Helpline for women and men on 08000 194400
     
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for women on 0808 2000 247
     
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for men on 0808 8010327
     
  • NSPCC FGM Helpline on 0800 028 3550
     
  • Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of honour violence and forced marriage 0800 5999 247

In an emergency, always call police on 999.

To find out more about the Orange Wolverhampton campaign, please visit Wolverhampton Safeguarding, which also provides a wealth of information and advice about safeguarding issues.

Photographs from the campaign can be found on the Flickr gallery.

  • released: Friday 2 December, 2016