Safer Cornwall are promoting the national ‘White Ribbon Towns’ campaign in 4 towns in Cornwall, with the aim of achieving White Ribbon Town accreditation status for each of them. The project aims to mobilise men to campaign against violence against women and girls (VAWG). The White Ribbon organisation requires that a wide range of actions are completed before accreditation is given, and delivering upon the action plan to achieve the awards (one for each town) will take about a year. Thereafter, each town would be re-evaluated every other year. We will be considering spreading the campaign to other towns in the future.
The towns that have been selected (based upon DASV prevalence and other key information) are Penzance, Camborne, St Austell and Newquay.
Note: Men on women domestic abuse accounts for about 80% of all DA incidents, and this campaign focuses on challenging the male behaviours and attitudes that support this abuse. This project is only one of the measures addressing domestic abuse in Cornwall, the wide range of other activities, programmes and support that are in place, fulfil our obligations for the remaining 20% where different mixes of gender and/or sexual orientation are present.