The Council has once again supported the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - also known as White Ribbon Day – and the ensuing 16 Days Of Action.
This year marks five years since the local authority became the first in Wales to be recognised by the White Ribbon campaign for its work to end violence against women.
Thanks to a continued commitment between the Council and its partners, including South Wales Police, Women's Aid RCT and housing providers, a huge amount of work has taken place to assist all victims of domestic violence.
Council Cabinet members have once again formally signed the White Ribbon Pledge and vowed to ‘make the promise’ to help eradicate violence against women.
The 2019 White Ribbon Campaign is encouraging men around the world to recognise the necessity for them to stand up and take responsibility in working towards a future without violence against women.
Cllr Rhys Lewis, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Well-being and Cultural Services, said: “Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is a proud supporter of White Ribbon Day and Cabinet, Councillors, Officers and Staff are wearing their white ribbons, making the promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
“The Council also offers support for children affected by domestic violence, working with perpetrators to address their behaviour and, most importantly, keeping victims safe - either in their own home or in a refuge.
"Domestic violence is something that can affect anyone in Rhondda Cynon Taf, regardless of their age, their race, their religion or their gender.
"It is a priority issue for us and we are proud to be part of a wider partnership effort to ensure we provide the support not only for victims, but also for those who have offended, or are at risk of offending, so we can change the damaging behaviour.
“We all need to stop and think about what happens behind closed doors.”
The Public are encouraged to follow in Rhondda Cynon Taf Council's footsteps and sign the White Ribbon Pledge, committing not to condone or accept violence against women.
White Ribbon Campaign 2019: 16 Days of Action, runs until Human Rights Day, Tuesday, December 10. For more information, visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk
Posted on Monday 2nd December 2019