Dacorum Borough Council and Hemel Hempstead Football Club are working together to support White Ribbon UK, a charity which aims to end male violence against women.
The council has been given White Ribbon accreditation which is given to organisations which demonstrate a commitment to challenging domestic abuse and violence.
As well as having a dedicated domestic abuse outreach worker who provides confidential support, the council also offers free and confidential advice to any client who is a victim of domestic abuse and requires help with their housing situation or referral to relevant support agencies. This includes the development of a personalised housing plan, which enables the council and the client to agree steps that will be taken to resolve a housing difficulty.
Through the 2016-2020 Homelessness Strategy, the council will continue to work in partnership with statutory and voluntary sector partners to support victims of Domestic Abuse, this can include providing information to support victims in line with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance pledge which the Council has committed to.
Hemel Hempstead FC will be supporting the campaign by putting up posters at the club and an advert in the match programme in bid to raise awareness of the issues and educate and encourage a culture of respect.
Domestic abuse can affect all genders but statistics show that most abuse is committed by men on women.
Cllr Ron Tindall, ambassador of the campaign and Chair of the Domestic Abuse Forum said: ‘I am pleased to support the White Ribbon work to challenge the male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. I am also pleased that Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club has joined with us and that together we aim to educate and engage men to promote a culture of respect.’