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

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

One easy way that people can show their support is by taking part in Wear Orange Day on Monday (26 November) either by wearing an item of orange clothing or sporting orange accessories like watches, handbags or orange 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 but not exclusively 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 Wolverhampton.

Councillor Hazel Malcolm, 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 be involved.

"So please dig out anything orange you may have - it doesn't matter if it is a pair of socks, T-shirt, tie or a full suit - 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, which is championed and run by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards, the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum, please visit Type=links;Linkid=10998;Title=OrangeWolves;Target=_blank;.

You can also follow the Orange Wolverhampton campaign on Twitter and share your support and photos using the hashtag #OrangeWolves and by following Type=links;Linkid=9893;Title=WVsafeguarding;Target=_blank;, or via the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards' Type=links;Linkid=7295;Title=Facebook;Target=_blank; page.  

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
  • St George's Hub support for male victims - 01902 421904
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for women - 0808 2000 247
  • National Domestic Violence helpline for men - 0808 8010327
  • NSPCC FGM helpline - 0800 028 3550
  • Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of so-called 'honour-based' violence and forced marriage - 0800 5999 247
  • Wolverhampton Adults Social Care - 01902 551199
  • Wolverhampton Children's Social Care - 01902 555392

In an emergency, always call police on 999.

The Orange Wolverhampton campaign takes place annually from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until 10 December, UN Human Rights Day.

  • released: Wednesday 21 November, 2018