White Ribbon UK aims to encourage all victims of domestic abuse to report incidents earlier before the abuse escalates.
More than 60 reports of domestic abuse are reported to Sussex Police each day but it is believed the true number is much higher as often the abuse goes on ‘behind closed doors’ and the reasons for not reporting are undoubtedly complicated.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who is leading the campaign, said: “It is very important that partners work together to identify best practice as this will ultimately deliver a better service to victims and encourage reporting of this largely hidden crime.
“I am particularly delighted that this year’s domestic abuse campaign has involvement from partners across Sussex - all working together to encourage earlier reporting of this appalling crime.
“I am pleased that my role in driving Sussex Police’s response to dealing with victims of domestic abuse during my first year in office, resulted in the Force gaining White Ribbon status - the first police force in England and Wales to achieve this award.
“However, achieving White Ribbon status is just the start.
“I want the crime of domestic abuse to become socially unacceptable and one that the wider public will feel more able to talk about. I believe there is still some way to go until we have reached this stage.
“I was elected Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner on a manifesto pledge to tackle domestic abuse and this will remain one of my key priorities throughout my term in office.”
Sussex Police was the first police force in England to be awarded White Ribbon status in recognition of the work being done to tackle domestic abuse.
The White Ribbon is a symbol of hope for a world where people can live free from the fear of violence and abuse.
By wearing a White Ribbon pin badge, you can show your support in challenging the acceptability of violence by becoming involved in challenging attitudes and behaviour, and helping women to break the silence.
Go to www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk to pledge your support e - Member of public is knitting white ribbons to be placed in Wellington Square;