Council commits to making Milton Keynes a 'White Ribbon City' with action plan to end violence against women

Today, White Ribbon Day (25/11) Milton Keynes Council has pledged its full support for the international White Ribbon campaign.

White Ribbon UK are a leading organisation that encourages males to take the lead in ending male violence against women.

A cross-party motion introduced by Cllr Emily Darlington was passed at a meeting of Full Council yesterday evening, at which councillors wore white ribbons (pictured) in support of the campaign and its 16 days of action.

Cllr Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, said: “We want to make Milton Keynes a White Ribbon City – a place where abusive behaviour is not tolerated, and women are able to speak out and be heard.  We can end men’s violence against women by pledging to never commit, excuse or remain silent.  

"Every woman has experienced violence, abuse, harassment, or misogyny.  Every man can be part of the solution by calling out and challenging behaviour wherever they see it.”

Last year, Thames Valley Police recorded 4,338 domestic abuse-related crime incidents, which is a 29% increase compared to 2018/19. 

92% of rape cases recorded in the region in the year to March 2020 involved female victims and just 1.6% of rape allegations nationwide result in someone being charged.

If you are suffering from domestic abuse or are concerned about a friend or family member, you can contact local domestic abuse specialists MK ACT  on 0344 375 4307

MK Act works in partnership with Milton Keynes Council and offers help to anyone aged 16 years and up within Milton Keynes.