POLICE officers and staff from Hampshire Constabulary will be wearing white ribbons today in a stand against domestic abuse and violence.
Today is International White Ribbon Day which campaigns for an end to violence against women across the world.
Hampshire Constabulary is supporting the day to highlight the work the force does to protect all victims and survivors of domestic abuse and violence - both men, women and children, in same-sex and opposite-sex relationships.
Detective Superintendent Ben Snuggs is the force lead on domestic abuse.
He said: ‘Police officers and staff across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be wearing a white ribbon today to show that tackling domestic abuse and violence is the responsibility of everyone in force.
‘That means if you’re experiencing abuse or violence from your partner or someone in your immediate family, you can speak to one of us and we will take what you say seriously and do everything we can to protect you from further harm.
He added: ‘Domestic abuse happens in all walks of life and can have a significant and long-lasting impact on whole families and the wider community, as well as victims themselves.
‘We work hard with our partners to identify people vulnerable to domestic abuse and violence and ensure they get the support that’s right for them.
‘For many victims, the idea of supporting a prosecution is still just too traumatic. That’s why we’re working with partner agencies to find ways to minimise this impact and encourage more victims to speak out.’