November 25th is White Ribbon Day, and the Bucks are proud to be a part of the campaign which encourages and supports people to step up and positively make a stand towards ending Domestic Abuse.
“Telford is a White Ribbon town, and as a football club with strong links to its local community we wanted to make a strong statement that domestic abuse is never acceptable, as well as a commitment to encouraging men to take the White Ribbon pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence” said football operations manager Luke Shelley.
Many choose to wear a white ribbon to highlight that they have made the pledge and the Bucks are no exception. The players wore special T-shirts to show their support in the warm-ups for their recent home game with Southport at the New Buck’s Head.
White Ribbon is unique in that it is specifically aimed at men taking a stand against men who abuse their partners and loved ones. We know the majority of men are well meaning, respectful men. We know the majority of boys and young men will grow to be caring and responsible men. That means the minority of men perpetrate violence, yet nearly all violent crime is perpetrated by men.
We believe the silence of the majority quietly maintains the actions of the minority. Silence makes us complicit and makes those who remain silent very much part of the problem.
The Bucks actively support White Ribbon’s commitment to bringing about sustainable change, and to end men’s violence.
We recognise that domestic abuse is also committed by both men and women, and against any gender of partner. Domestic abuse in any form is not acceptable and should not be tolerated. As part of our work we ensure that we will help men and women in any relationship.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or know someone who is experiencing domestic abuse, you do not have to remain silent. A range of support services are available:
Help and Support Available
- Telford Police 101 (999 in an emergency)
- Women’s Aid0808 2000 247
- Samaritans01952 256161
- Citizens Advice0845 146 1554
- Domestic Violence Helpline Shropshire (24/7) 0800 783 1359
- Victim Support01905 726 896
- Childline 0800 1111
- CrimeStoppers0800 555 111
- Age UK 01952 201803
- Family Connect 01952 385385
- National Domestic Violence Helpline0808 2000 247 (24 hr)
- Advice for Male Victims
- Mens Advice Line0808 802 4040
You can also follow the local White Ribbon group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whiteribbonuk/