Wolverhampton is preparing to turn Orange again as the city says ‘No’ to interpersonal violence.

Residents, businesses, schools, faith groups, charities and other organisations across the city are once more being encouraged to 'Orange Wolverhampton' between 25 November and 10 December.

In doing so, they will help raise awareness of Wolverhampton’s drive to end interpersonal violence – primarily that committed against women and girls, including domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour based’ violence, sexual violence and stalking and harassment.

At the same time, they will be highlighting the help and support that is available to victims in Wolverhampton from local and national organisations such as The Haven, Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum, St George's Hub, Karma Nirvana and the City of Wolverhampton Council.

Over 100 organisations took part in 2018's campaign, holding wear orange days, turning their websites and social media channels orange, sharing key messages about the campaign with staff, customers and service users, staging orange marches, organising orange cake sales or coffee mornings, lighting their buildings orange, flying orange flags and much more.

Thousands of people also showed their support by wearing orange ribbons throughout the 16 day campaign. 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The Orange Wolverhampton campaign gets bigger and bigger each year, with thousands of people showing their support in one way or another – and it's great to see so many people playing their part and saying no to interpersonal violence.

"We want to make this year's campaign the best ever - and this is your chance to get involved. There are so many things you can do, big and small, all of which will help raise awareness of these issues.

"The colour orange symbolises a brighter future and a world free from gender-based violence, and turning Wolverhampton Orange is an important part of our work to make sure victims know how to get the help and support they need."

For more information and to sign up to this year’s campaign, please visit the Orange Wolverhampton website.

Key dates for this year’s campaign include Wear Orange Day on Friday 6 December, when people are encouraged to wear orange clothing, and the return of the Orange Wolverhampton pop up shop in the Wulfrun Centre on Monday and Tuesday 25 and 26 November, at which people will be able to find out more about the campaign and the help and support available locally.

The Orange Wolverhampton campaign is coordinated by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together, the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and the City of Wolverhampton Council, and supports the United Nations’ Orange the World campaign to end violence against women and girls. 

It takes place annually between 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and 10 December, UN Human Rights Day.

Anyone suffering from domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour based’ violence or sexual violence, or knows someone who is, should call the relevant helpline: 

  • The Haven Wolverhampton 24-hour helpline for women - 08000 194400
  • Haven Counselling helpline - 08000 308 345 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 2pm)
  • Haven online Live Chat (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
  • St George’s Hub support for male victims - 01902 421904
  • Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of so-called ‘honour based’ violence and forced marriage - 0800 5999 247
  • Wolverhampton Adult Social Care - 01902 551199
  • Wolverhampton Children's Social Care - 01902 555392
  • West Midlands Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence Helpline - 0800 953 9777
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for women - 0808 2000 247
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for men - 0808 8010327
  • NSPCC Female Genital Mutilation helpline - 0800 028 3550
  • For more detailed local information please visit Wolverhampton Safeguarding.  

In an emergency, always call police on 999.