White Ribbon Day

Rachel Harrison, Andy Cooper, Maxine Titley, Rabinder Dhami, June Smallman, Linda Davies, Katie Kelly, Alison Teece and Steve Taylor with Mike Ablitt (front right).

Firefighters and staff from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are supporting the County Council's White Ribbon Day today (Wednesday) to raise awareness about violence against women.

Area Manager Mike Ablitt said that West Mercia Police respond to more than 2,500 reported incidents of violence against women each year with more cases going unreported.

"The Fire Service wants to show its solidarity with this campaign and help raise the public's awareness about what is a very real problem in society."

Shropshire Domestic Violence Officer Jo Berry praised Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service for backing the campaign.

"It is a sad fact that almost half of women in the UK suffer violence at some time and this campaign seeks to ensure people pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women."

Chief Fire Officer Paul Raymond said: "I and my colleagues will be wearing our white ribbons today and I urge everyone to take time to think about the enormity of this problem and ask themselves what they can do to help."

25th November, 2009