White ribbons raise awareness of abuse problem

Supporters of White Ribbon Day in Havant
Supporters of White Ribbon Day in Havant

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WHITE ribbons were worn with wholeheartedness and sent a clear message – end domestic violence now.

Agencies and charities from across Havant and Waterlooville gathered at The Plaza for an information event.

Yvonne Carter, an independent adviser for Havant-based Southern Domestic Abuse Service, stressed that the international day started as a symbol of men showing they were against violence towards women and girls.

‘Although it’s still a very gender-based crime, there are good men out there,’ she said.

‘They are not all abusers.’

The stalls had visits from both men and women seeking more information.

The day was supported by the fire service, local police officers, Swain & Co solicitors, Citizens’ Advice Bureaux, Radian Housing and the Beacon Food Bank.

Mayor of Havant Marjorie Smallcorn said: ‘There are so many people affected.’