Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women, and men and boys are urged to wear a white ribbon to show their solidarity over the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

The campaign was started by a group of men in Canada in 1991, who decided they had a responsibility to urge men to speak out against violence against women. They decided that wearing a white ribbon would be a symbol of men’s opposition to male violence against women.

Changing Lives supports women and girls who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual exploitation or have contact with the criminal justice system. We understand that the experiences of women often differ to those of men, but some universal services may not be able to meet the distinct needs of women.

We provide specialist support in safe and trusted women-only environments. We recognise the amazing resilience in the people we support, whilst understanding that the impact of childhood trauma and abuse which too often continues into adulthood requires long term support.

Underpinning all our services is an in-depth understanding of trauma and a focus on recovery, resilience and community integration. We understand the impact of coercive control and violence on women’s safety, emotional wellbeing and sense of self.

Changing Lives provides a range of specialist domestic abuse services including a refuge, independent advocacy for domestic abuse and sexual violence, and outreach to support women with a range of complex needs.

We regularly develop new programmes based on the ideas and views of the women we work with, as well as input from specialist partners. If you’d like to discuss opportunities or find out more about our women’s services offer please contact Dr. Alex Shirley

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