The council has backed a national campaign challenging gender-based violence against women and girls.

Wyre Forest District Council is taking part in White Ribbon Day on Saturday, November 25, which marks 16 days of activism to raise awareness of harmful attitudes and behaviours against women.

According to West Mercia Women’s Aid, one in four women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives.

This year the campaign particularly throws a spotlight on behaviours and words which might seem harmless but can lead to extreme forms of violence.

Wyre Forest District Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for culture, leisure, arts and community safety, Tracey Onslow, said: “We are very proud to be supporting White Ribbon Day this year in our council offices alongside Wyre Forest organisations and on our social media channels.

“We are encouraging everyone, once again, to wear the ribbon and make the White Ribbon Promise to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women.”

Kidderminster Shuttle: Wyre Forest District Council are backing this year's White Ribbon DayWyre Forest District Council are backing this year's White Ribbon Day (Image: Wyre Forest District Council)

The campaign has recently been promoted by Wyre Forest District Council’s housing project officer, Rachel Symons, and her colleague Aimee Hall, a domestic abuse housing officer.

The pair attended the launch of JOY which is a new local service giving wellbeing support to women of all ages.

The council also helps both men and women with the Public Health funded sanctuary scheme to support householders at risk of domestic abuse to live safely in their own homes.

Council sites will be providing white ribbons to help support the campaign this year and promote the message that ‘ending violence against women and girls starts when we #changethestory’.

To make a White Ribbon Day promise this year visit or find support at