Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner is celebrating after his work to tackle domestic abuse was recognised by a national campaign group.
The White Ribbon organisation has handed Clive Grunshaw’s office White Ribbon status, marking the office’s commitment to supporting the campaign’s pledge never to “commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women”.
And the commissioner is hoping hundreds of men across Lancashire will follow in his footsteps and make the White Ribbon pledge through the organisation’s Sports Campaign, which has received £10,000 of funding from the commissioner to launch in Lancashire.
The campaign works with local sports clubs – both amateur and professional – to engage with male fans and educate youngsters about healthy relationships.
The commissioner said: “Tackling domestic abuse is a key priority for me, and part of that involves raising awareness in society that this is an issue we cannot ignore.
“No one can afford to turn a blind eye to domestic abuse or claim it is not happening – stopping it requires society as a whole to stand against it.
“Spreading that message is White Ribbon’s commitment, and that’s why I’m delighted to both be able to support the Sports Campaign and to have been awarded the status for my office.
“The award demonstrates my continuing commitment to raising awareness of domestic abuse, both within my organisation and with those organisations my officers and I engage with.”
White Ribbon aims to use the Sports Campaign funding to connect with local sports clubs, players and coaches, and encourage them to work toward the charity’s sports award.