Our commitment to helping end violence against women

Our commitment to helping end violence against women
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Violence against women is a serious, prevalent and distressing issue. Male violence in all of its forms can have a detrimental impact on the health and safety of our customers and their well-being. We are committed to nurturing safer and friendlier communities, and that’s why we want to play our part in helping to end male violence together by encouraging our staff and our customers to #MakeThePromise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Although we recognise that men too can be victims of abuse, it is important to note that there is a difference in amount, severity and impact. Women experience higher rates of victimisation and are more likely to be seriously hurt or even killed. Women are even more likely to experience higher levels of fear and be subjected to harassing, sexist and violent behaviour. 

It is therefore important that all men take responsibility for not only thinking about their actions and how it can impact women but also be prepared to call out unacceptable and degrading behaviour inflicted upon women. 

All men can end violence against women by taking responsibility, standing with women and encouraging other men to do the same.

How to recognise abuse? 

Do you know someone who is:

  • Cut off from their family and friends and are intentionally isolated by their partner, ex-partner or someone they live with?
  • Bullied, threatened, or controlled?
  • Economically controlled through their finances? 
  • Forced to limit their use of technology or have it regularly monitored? 
  • Physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused?

Abuse, no matter its form is never acceptable. If you or someone you know is a victim of any of the above, please reach out for help from any of the following victim support agencies:

Alternatively, if you want to make the promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women click here: www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise