For the first time, Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) was involved in the global White Ribbon Campaign. This awareness raising campaign encourages men and boys to recognise and stand against violence perpetrated against women and girls. The campaign acknowledges that abuse can be committed by anyone against anyone, but specifically targets male on female violence as this is the statistically the most common form of abuse.
The campaign starts on 25 November each year and runs for 16 days. This year RuTC worked with Richmond Council Services, Refuge (a national domestic violence charity), Victim Support and Achieving for Children to run a series of workshops for students. These workshops focused on healthy relationships, recognising relationship abuse and how to get support if needed. During the two weeks, the campaign was also promoted to students and staff through display materials and handouts and white ribbons were given out to show support.
The White Ribbon website states the campaign’s mission to “end male violence against women, once and for all.”
Find out more about White Ribbon and how to support the campaign at https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/