Residents, businesses and organisations across the City of Wolverhampton are being encouraged to "Go Orange" and support an international campaign to end gender based violence.

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The annual United Nations' Orange the World campaign takes place over 16 days between 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, and 10 December, UN Human Rights Day.

Wolverhampton is once again backing the campaign, with residents, businesses and organisations across the City asked to respond to the challenge, 'what will you do to Orange Wolverhampton'?'

Everyone is being invited to support the campaign by taking part in 'Wear Orange' day on Monday 27 November, or by turning anything they normally do orange - whether it be a social gathering, a sport or performance event or a leisure activity - during the 16 day campaign. They can also change their social media channels and websites orange, wear orange ribbons, and back the campaign by sharing photos, key messages from the campaign and details of what they are doing via social media using the hashtag #orangewolves.

So whether you are part of a motorcycle or cycling club or a running club which could hold an orange ride or run, a business with orange branding or a sports team that could play an all orange match, please sign up your organisation and share your plans by visiting Type=links;Linkid=9724;Title=Orange Wolverhampton 2017;Target=_blank;.

By helping Orange Wolverhampton, people will not only raise awareness of gender based violence - violence primarily committed against women and girls, including domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so called 'honour based' violence and sexual violence - but also the help and support that is available to victims.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Gender based violence in any of its forms is illegal and totally abhorrent, and we are committed to working with our partners to identify and support anyone who is the victim of it.

"We are delighted to once again be supporting the United Nations 'Orange the World' campaign and turning the City of Wolverhampton 'orange' is an important part of our work to raise awareness of the issues and to make sure people know how to get the help and support they need.

"It is important to stress that the title of violence against women and girls recognises the gendered nature of these issues, in that the majority of victims are female. However, the campaign seeks to end all interpersonal violence affecting women, men, girls and boys.

"The Go Orange campaign is a great way for everyone to show we are committed to ending violence against women, men, girls and boys and highlighting where people can turn to if they are affected by the issue in any way."

To find out more about the Orange Wolverhampton campaign, please visit Type=links;Linkid=7041;Title=Wolverhampton Safeguarding;Target=_blank;. To register involvement, please visit Type=links;Linkid=9724;Title=Orange Wolverhampton 2017;Target=_blank;.

People backing the campaign are encouraged to show their support on social media using the hashtag #orangewolves and by tagging @wvsafeguarding in the conversation. Alternatively, please share photos with the Safeguarding Boards via Type=links;Linkid=6122;Title=Facebook;Target=_blank;.  

Anyone worried about or suffering from any form of domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour-based violence, or sexual violence should call the relevant helpline:

  • The Haven Wolverhampton 24-hour Helpline for women and men on 08000 194400
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for women on 0808 2000 247
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for men on 0808 8010327
  • Wolverhampton Adults Social Care team on 01902 551199
  • Wolverhampton Children's Social Care on 01902 555392
  • NSPCC FGM Helpline on 0800 028 3550
  • Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of so-called honour based violence and forced marriage 0800 5999 247

In an emergency, always call police on 999.

  • released: Tuesday 31 October, 2017