THE Lord Mayor of Chester has given his backing to two high profile anti-violence campaigns.
Councillor Brian Bailey is backing the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women and will be wearing a white ribbon this week as part of a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
The white ribbon campaign aims to help create a culture where the behaviour of a minority of men who treat women with contempt becomes unacceptable.
The Lord Mayor has also given his backing to a campaign organised by the pub chain Wetherspoon’s and which supported by the police and local the pub watch scheme to highlight the violent abuse that ambulance crews often receive.
He said: “There is no excuse for violence against women, whatever the circumstances or life experiences of the men who carry it out.
“Violence against ambulance crews, often fuelled by drink, puts a strain on this vital service and is also totally unacceptable.
“Just as violence on the football terraces is now no longer tolerated by society, there must be a fundamental change in attitude towards these types of violence.
“I applaud the white ribbon campaign to highlight the issue of violence against women and the work of the police, pub watch and Wetherspoon’s to tackle violence against ambulance crews and I would urge the Chester public to back these initiatives too.”