BRAVE Supports White Ribbon with Slough Town FC
19th December 2022
On Tuesday the 6th of December, our BRAVE service was delighted to join the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Hestia, and other community partners in supporting the White Ribbon charity, an organisation that encourages men and boys to pledge to end domestic violence against women.
This special community event took place at Arbour Park Stadium, home of Slough Town FC, where several of the players wore white ribbon t-shirts and took the White Ribbon pledge to never commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women.
Our stand on the evening was run by a staff member and a former BRAVE group member/Ambassador who kindly gave up her time to help us promote the service by handing out BRAVE leaflets, giving away merchandise, and starting meaningful conversations. We enjoyed an evening of meeting colleagues from different areas of the community, raising awareness among football fans about local support for domestic abuse, and a great game against Concord Rangers!
As the White Ribbon charity encourages men to stand up for women, this event was a brilliant chance to spread the word about BRAVE Too, our new group for men that will be launching soon. While the current BRAVE groups are for women, we know that 26% of all domestic abuse related crimes are perpetrated against men*, and there is a significant need for support for men who have experienced domestic abuse. Accordingly, we are looking forward to launching our new BRAVE Too service for men in the near future, because men are BRAVE Too.
In the meantime, BRAVE still accepts and encourages referrals for men, as we currently offer individual support for people of all genders.
To learn more about BRAVE, make a referral, or get in touch, please visit our dedicated BRAVE page here or feel free to call us on 0118 904 4647.
*Office of National Statistics, year ended March 2022.