The annual campaign, coordinated by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together, the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and the City of Wolverhampton Council, gets underway on Monday (25 November 2019) and aims to end 'interpersonal violence', including domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so called ‘honour based’ violence, sexual violence and stalking and harassment.
Visitors to the pop up shop, opening opposite the Wulfrun Centre Management Suite on Monday and Tuesday (25 and 26 November) from 10am to 4pm, will receive free orange ribbons to wear in support the 16 day campaign. Shoppers can purchase a limited edition metal orange pin badge or orange trolley token for £1 each, with all proceeds going towards the campaign. Visitors will also be able to get their nails painted orange to show their support.
Specialist services will be on hand to offer advice, help and support to anyone worried about domestic or sexual violence, abuse, stalking and harassment, forced marriage and so called honour based violence, or anyone who wants help to change their controlling or abusive behaviour.
Shoppers can also support the campaign by making a pledge which will be added to a map of Wolverhampton, or having their photo taken in the special orange photo frame, with pictures being included in the #OrangeWolves Flickr gallery. In addition, there will be the chance for people to sign up to become a community champion and help raise awareness of the campaign's safeguarding messages in their local communities.
Kathy Cole-Evans, Chief Officer of Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum, said: "We are delighted to open the Orange Wolverhampton pop up shop once again this year, enabling us to highlight the campaign and its messages and meet with members of the public who may have safeguarding concerns about themselves, their friends or their loved ones. Please come along, say hello and show your support for the campaign."
Meanwhile, residents, businesses, schools, churches, voluntary groups and other organisations are encouraged to turn the city orange between 25 November and 10 December by holding wear orange days, turning their websites and social media channels orange, sharing campaign messages with friends, customers and colleagues, organising orange coffee mornings, flying orange flags and much more.
For more information and to sign up to this year’s campaign, please visit the Orange Wolverhampton website.
Anyone suffering from domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so called ‘honour based’ violence, sexual violence, stalking or harassment, 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 (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Friday 9am to 2pm)
- Haven online Live Chat (Mon to Fri, 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.
The Orange Wolverhampton campaign is coordinated by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together, the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum and the City of Wolverhampton Council in support of 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.