Gwent Police has achieved White Ribbon Accreditation, showing its commitment to working towards ending male violence against women.
White Ribbon UK is part of the largest global initiative to end male violence against women. The charity works with local authorities, emergency services and organisations to ensure workplaces and communities are made safer for women, and that they actively challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse, and violence.
To achieve White Ribbon Accreditation, an organisation must produce a challenging three-year action plan which covers raising awareness, changing culture, and specifically engaging with men and boys.
Commitments made in our action plan include:
•Identifying members of senior leadership to be the strategic lead for White Ribbon Status who will also be a White Ribbon Ambassador or Champion
•Ensuring policies are in place that cover male violence against women and domestic abuse, including within HR policies for staff working for the organisation
•Continuing to develop a staff training strategy that includes male violence against women (including sexual violence, coercive control, consent and domestic abuse)
•Appointing at least 4 male ambassadors within your organisation. All White Ribbon Ambassadors are required to complete WRUK online training
•Developing our clear system for reporting, assessing, dealing with and reporting incidents of sexism, harassment, abuse, sexual assault or violence
•Developing our zero-tolerance approach to sexist, harassing or abusive behaviours from staff and service users
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Maloney said: “Tackling Domestic Abuse and protecting vulnerable people is a priority for Gwent Police. We constantly try to improve performance in this area and enhance our response with partner agencies. Domestic Abuse will not be tolerated and if you, your family or friends are impacted by it, please contact us.”
Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK said, “We are really pleased that Gwent Police has achieved White Ribbon Accreditation. An organisation delivering its action plan can reach a considerable number of people and really make a difference”.
To wear a white ribbon is to pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
So far, 74 local authorities have received White Ribbon accreditation, including police forces, fire and rescue services, health authorities, housing associations and educational institutions. There is also a scheme for smaller organisations to show support for White Ribbon UK.
The accreditation award lasts for three years and after each year staff from White Ribbon UK will ask for a report of progress so far and work with the Council on plans for the next three-year period.