Teens pledge to tackle domestic violence

MAKING VOWS ... former Sunderland footballer Martin Gray and youngsters from his Boldon-based academy sign the White Ribbon Day pledge. Below, South Tyneside College students, from left, Brian Goodman, Tommy Rice, James Waite and Kane Devine sign up too.
MAKING VOWS ... former Sunderland footballer Martin Gray and youngsters from his Boldon-based academy sign the White Ribbon Day pledge. Below, South Tyneside College students, from left, Brian Goodman, Tommy Rice, James Waite and Kane Devine sign up too.

YOUNG people in South Tyneside have pledged to take a stand against domestic abuse.

Students across the borough have given their backing to White Ribbon Day, an international campaign calling on people never to commit, condone or remain silent about domestic violence.

South Tyneside College students, left to right, Brian Goodman, Tommy Rice, James Waite and Kane Devine sign the White Ribbon Day pledge

South Tyneside College students, left to right, Brian Goodman, Tommy Rice, James Waite and Kane Devine sign the White Ribbon Day pledge

As part of the initiative, led by the West Yorkshire-based White Ribbon Campaign, the borough teenagers have made more than 600 ribbons to wear and donate, signed pledges and wore T-shirts designed by fellow young people.

The teens are also backing Amnesty International’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign.

South Tyneside College, South Shields Community School and the Martin Gray Football Academy squad based at Boldon School are among those to have signed pledges.

Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “Violence and abuse of any kind is totally unacceptable, and the impact it has on families can be devastating.

“Some young people may not recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships or know that non-physical behaviour can also be threatening and abusive.

“For our younger generation in particular, it can be difficult to understand if they see it going on between people who are meant to be in loving relationships.”

South Tyneside’s campaign involved the borough’s youth justice service working alongside training providers, colleges, sports teams, police cadets and youth and community groups to target males aged 11 to 19.

Coun Joan Atkinson, the council’s lead member for children, young people and families, added: “It’s very encouraging to see young people lending their support to such a serious issue by wearing white ribbons and making personal pledges.

“These sessions were an ideal opportunity to help educate young people about what respectful standards are in relationships and families, and what is not acceptable behaviour.”

For information on services available to support domestic violence victims, visit www.southtyneside.info/domesticviolence

People can also make a personal pledge online to stand up against violence against women at www.
whiteribboncampaign.co.uk

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