White Ribbon Day

Today we mark White Ribbon Day where thousands of people across the UK stand up, speak out and say no to violence against women.

Sadly, we know that cases of rape, sexual violence and domestic abuse have increased during the Covid-19 pandemic.

While we know that men can be victims of these crimes too, women make up the majority of victims by far.

The latest Femicide Census report shows that in 2018 149 women were killed by men in the UK. More than half were killed by a former spouse or partner, and almost all of them were committed by a man known to the victim.

Tackling male violence against women is all of our responsibility. If you are experiencing domestic abuse yourself, or have concerns about a friend or family member, then please know that help is available. You do not have to suffer in silence.

Anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or has concerns about a friend or family member, can contact the Live Fear Free helpline on 0808 80 10 800.

Support is also available from the Connect Gwent victims’ hub on 0300 1232133. 

To report a crime contact 101. In an emergency call 999.

To raise awareness of this shocking figure people across Gwent are taking part in the #149Challenge. This could be anything from walking or running for 149 minutes, baking 149 cakes, or lighting 149 candles.

To see what people in Gwent have been doing for the challenge search for #149Challenge on Twitter.