All Men Can. That’s the message as Cleveland Police supports White Ribbon Day (25th November), a day when people across the world say no to violence against women.
The White Ribbon Campaign is a male-led movement that asks men to take a pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
So we want as many men as possible to think carefully and make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
We’re also asking all our local communities, organisations and workplaces to come together and say ‘no’ to violence against women.
This year’s message All Men Can was developed earlier this year when the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Cleveland Police’s Head of Crime John Bent said: “Tackling violence against women is a widely debated issue nationally - and a top priority for Cleveland Police.
“We want every single woman reporting violence to have complete confidence they’ll receive a professional and sensitive investigation where they’ll receive support throughout.
“Sarah Everard was murdered by a serving police officer and trust in the police service from some women has undoubtedly been affected. It’s vital that all police officers continue to do their job to the best of their ability and Cleveland Police will continue to equip its officers with the knowledge and skills to best protect women and girls.
“Today I also call on all our officers and staff to call out, challenge and report any behaviour that betrays our professional standards or that concerns them. This must include sexist, racist, homophobic or disrespectful behaviour.
“Finally policing will not stop after the 16 days of action to continue its work to tackle the perpetrators of violence towards women. With the help of our partners across the criminal justice system, we are committed to making long-lasting change to the daily lives of women and girls.”