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Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Giles Orpen-Smellie has today joined the tens of thousands of people across the country pledging to 'Make The Promise' to say no to violence against women and girls.

During White Ribbon Day and the 16 days following, people are being asked to make a stand and 'promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women'.

More than 38,000 people have so far signed the Promise - launched by White Ribbon UK.

Giles Orpen-Smellie has been sworn in as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk CREDIT:PCC (47165636)
Giles Orpen-Smellie has been sworn in as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk CREDIT:PCC (47165636)

White Ribbon Day takes place on November 25 each year. This is followed by 16 Days of Action to end male violence against women.

White Ribbon UK are specifically asking men to make the Promise https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise, however anyone over the age of 14 can take it.

PCC Giles Orpen-Smellie is keen to lend his support and encourage others to do so.

In Lynn, places such as the Discovery Centre have held their own White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon Day at The Discovery Centre King's Lynn.. Pictured King's Lynn Deputy Mayor Lesley Bainbridge.. (53319648)
White Ribbon Day at The Discovery Centre King's Lynn.. Pictured King's Lynn Deputy Mayor Lesley Bainbridge.. (53319648)

The PCC said:"To wear a white ribbon is to pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women - such a simple gesture which carries such a strong message,"

"It is incumbent on us all to work together to protect women and girls who have a right to live their lives free from fear of violence.

"Such crimes can and do have an enormous impact on victims and as Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner I will do all I can to ensure the right resources are in place to allow officers and staff to tackle such crimes and support those most vulnerable.

"There is no quick fix, but a fix we must find to ultimately reduce the prevalence of violence against women and girls and to give them the confidence to come forward and seek the help and support they may need."

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk has long commissioned and funded services dedicated to supporting victims and helping the vulnerable, including those affected by domestic and sexual abuse.

With further investments from local authorities, the Norfolk Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS) will see a consortium of specialist support services working together to ensure people living across the county have access to a full range of help and guidance regardless of where they live.

"As PCC I provide funding for many different organisations and I commission key services, such as those providing specialist support to victims of sexual and domestic abuse; those offering rehabilitation services to offenders and those who provide refuge accommodation," added Giles.

"I am not only proud of the work my office carries out with commissioned services but of the part we play in leading the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership (NCCSP) - only by working together, can we all help make a difference."

Mark Stokes, OPCCN Chief Executive and Chair of the NCCSP, has also signed the Pledge.

Mr Stokes said:"Women's experience of men's violence is currently at the forefront of everyone's minds,"

"Many conversations have been opened up about men taking action and making a stand.

"I agree with Giles, while wearing a ribbon may seem a small act, it carries a strong message and I am proud join the tens of thousands who have made the vital promise to end violence against woman and girls."



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