A campaign to Orange Wolverhampton will show victims that the city is united in the fight to end violence against women and girls, says the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

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The city is supporting the United Nations' annual Orange the World campaign, 16 days of activism from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, UN Human Rights Day.

Organisations across the city, from community groups and charities to schools and public sector bodies including the City of Wolverhampton Council and West Midlands Police, are being encouraged to "Orange Wolverhampton" - and by doing so not only raise awareness of violence against women and girls, but also to highlight the help and support that is available to victims in Wolverhampton.

Among those backing the campaign is the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson. He said: "I wholeheartedly support the Orange Wolverhampton campaign.

"Women and girls who are suffering or have suffered such violence know it is a frightening and isolating time - Orange Wolverhampton will show them they are not alone and we are all united against abuse.

"I am determined to bring these so called hidden crimes out of the shadows, into the light and tackle them head on. Orange Wolverhampton helps us do that."

There are plenty of ways individuals and organisations can get involved, from turning websites and social media channels orange and sharing key messages about the campaign, to wearing orange clothing on "Go Orange" day (Friday 25 November), sporting coloured ribbons throughout the 16 days of activism and more.

To find out more about the Orange Wolverhampton campaign, please visit Type=links;Linkid=7041;Title=Wolverhampton Safeguarding;Target=_blank;, which also provides a wealth of information and advice about safeguarding issues.

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

  • Wolverhampton Adults Social Care team on 01902 551199
  • Wolverhampton Children's Social Care on 01902 555392
  • 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
  • NSPCC FGM Helpline on 0800 028 3550
  • Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of honour violence and forced marriage 0800 5999 247
  • Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum's Independent Sexual Violence Adviser on 07468 698723

In an emergency, always call police on 999.

  • released: Monday 21 November, 2016