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Show of support against domestic violence

Members of Malvern Town FC have joined forces with Malvern Hills Community Safety Partnership to put on a show of solidarity against domestic violence.

Players and staff wore specially designed  t-shirts promoting the White Ribbon Campaign during the warm-up ahead of the team’s home clash with Shifnal Town on Saturday.

The public show of support was part of the annual White Ribbon, 16 days of action campaign, which this year ran from 25 November to 10 December. It brings a range of organisations and individuals together with the aim of ending domestic violence and sexual violence in all its forms and to raise awareness of where people can go for help and support.

Chris Pinder, Chairman of Malvern Town FC, said: “Domestic violence is abhorrent. The players and the club are proud to support a culture where male violence, abuse and harassment against females is seen as totally unacceptable."

Malvern Hills Community Safety Partnership is supporting the campaign locally by placing specially designed stickers carrying the Worcestershire 24 hour domestic abuse helpline number, on the ground in leisure and community centres and other council owned buildings.

Staff and councillors from Malvern Hills District Council, which leads the partnership, have also been pledging to do their part to tackle domestic abuse. Videos of their pledges are available to view on our Twitter accounts @MalvernHills_DC and @OurMalvernHills.

Residents can also show their support by pledging online at www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/worcestershire or by visiting any of the district’s leisure and community centres and filling in a pledge sheet.

Cllr Bronwen Behan, portfolio holder with responsibility for community safety on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Domestic violence devastates lives and there can never be any justification for it. We want to eliminate domestic violence against all sexes across our district. By pledging our support and promising never to accept, be quiet or look away when it comes to domestic and sexual abuse, we can make a difference.”

Supt Kevin Purcell, South Worcestershire Commander for West Mercia Police, said: Domestic Violence is a particularly distressing crime. Our homes should be a place where we feel at our safest. I am pleased to acknowledge the efforts Malvern Hills District Council and the Community Safety Partnership make to help prevent domestic violence and raise awareness.”