Today marks the start of Orange Wolverhampton, the annual campaign from 25 November to 10 December to end interpersonal violence and raise awareness of the help and support available to victims in Wolverhampton.
Residents, businesses, faith groups, charities and other organisations are being encouraged to go Orange to help raise awareness of Wolverhampton’s continuing drive to end domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour based’ violence, sexual violence and stalking and harassment.
The Safer Wolverhampton Partnership has chosen to use the term ‘interpersonal violence’ to clarify that these crimes will be robustly tackled regardless of the sex of the victim, though the campaign recognises that the majority of victims are female.
This years campaign will involve a mixture of online and face to face events to help raise the issue of interpersonal violence.
You can find more information about how you can get involved and what is taking place across the city by visiting the Orange Wolverhampton website here. You can also keep up to date with the campaign via Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together’s Facebook page and Twitter account.
If you are in the city centre today or tomorrow, please call into the Orange Wolverhampton pop-up shop, which is open on the ground floor of the Mander Centre from 10.30am-4.30pm on both days.
Anyone suffering from domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour based’ violence or sexual violence, or knows someone who is, should call the relevant helpline:
- The Haven Wolverhampton 24 hour helpline for women – 08000 194400
- Haven Counselling helpline – 08000 308 345 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am to 2pm)
- Haven online Live Chat (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
- St George’s Hub support for male victims – 01902 421904
- Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of so called ‘honour based’ violence and forced marriage – 0800 5999 247
- Wolverhampton Adult Social Care – 01902 551199
- Wolverhampton Children’s Social Care – 01902 555392
- West Midlands Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence Helpline – 0800 953 9777
- National Domestic Violence helpline for women – 0808 2000 247
- National Domestic Violence helpline for men – 0808 8010327
- NSPCC Female Genital Mutilation helpline – 0800 028 3550
- In an emergency, always call police on 999