Political leaders have come together to back the annual safeguarding campaign to Orange Wolverhampton and help end interpersonal violence.
Wolverhampton is once again supporting the United Nations’ annual 16 day Orange the World campaign, with businesses, community groups and individuals urged to “Orange Wolverhampton”.
In doing so, they are helping to raise awareness of Wolverhampton’s drive to end gender-based violence, primarily committed against women and girls, including domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so called ‘honour-based’ violence, sexual violence, and stalking and harassment – as well as the support available to victims in Wolverhampton.
And politicians are also throwing their weight behind the campaign. Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council and of the council’s Labour Group, said: “The Orange Wolverhampton campaign is a vitally important way in which we can all highlight the issue of interpersonal violence, and the help and support that is available to victims.
“These abhorrent crimes range from domestic and sexual abuse to female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so called ‘honour-based’ violence, and stalking and harassment. We want people to be aware of the issues and to seek help, either for themselves or for a friend or relative who may be suffering at the hands of another. I would encourage everyone in our city to get involved and join us in helping to Orange Wolverhampton.”
Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden added: “This year, I am once again supporting the Orange Wolverhampton campaign.
“It’s our local campaign in support of the United Nations’ 16 days of action against interpersonal violence and violence against women and girls. I’m a father of a son and a daughter and I want my daughter to grow up with the same chances and safety as my son has. I hope you will support the campaign too.”
The Orange Wolverhampton campaign is coordinated by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together, the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, Wolverhampton Voluntary and Community Action, and the council.
For more information, visit the Orange Wolverhampton website.
Anyone suffering from or affected by domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so called ‘honour-based’ violence, sexual violence, or stalking and harassment (or knows someone who is) should call the relevant helpline:
- The Haven Wolverhampton 24 hour helpline for women – 08000 194400
- Haven Counselling helpline – 08000 308 345 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 2pm)
- Haven online Live Chat (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
- St George’s Hub support for male victims – 01902 421904
- Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of so called ‘honour-based’ violence and forced marriage – 0800 5999 247
- Wolverhampton Adult Social Care – 01902 551199
- Wolverhampton Children’s Social Care – 01902 555392
- West Midlands Forced Marriage and Honour-Based Violence Helpline – 0800 953 9777
- National Domestic Violence helpline for women – 0808 2000 247
- National Domestic Violence helpline for men – 0808 8010327
- NSPCC Female Genital Mutilation helpline – 0800 028 3550
- In an emergency, always call police on 999
For more information about the work of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together, please visit Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together