People across Wolverhampton are being encouraged to wear orange and help raise awareness of the issue of violence against women and girls.

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The City is once again supporting the United Nations' annual 16 day Orange the World campaign, which begins on Saturday (25 November, 2017), with a wide range of activities taking place organised by businesses, community groups and individuals to "Orange Wolverhampton".

One quick and easy way in which people can show their support is by taking part in Wear Orange Day on Monday (27 November, 2017), either by wearing an orange item of clothing or sporting orange accessories like watches, handbags and ribbons.

In being a part of the Orange Wolverhampton campaign in this way, they will not only raise awareness of gender based violence - violence primarily committed against women and girls, including domestic and sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and so called 'honour based' violence - but also the help and support that is available to victims in the City of Wolverhampton.

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "We're encouraging as many people as possible to support this year's Orange Wolverhampton campaign, and taking part in Wear Orange Day is a quick and simple way in which you can take part.

"So please dig out anything orange you may have - it doesn't matter if it is a suit or a pair of socks - and wear it with pride on Monday. And if you haven't got any orange clothing, don't worry as there are plenty of other ways you can get involved in the campaign."

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

Anyone worried about or suffering from any form of domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so called 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.

  • released: Wednesday 22 November, 2017