Surrey has been successfully recognised as a White Ribbon accredited county, the second nationally to achieve this. This recognises our ambition to end violence and abuse, as well as highlighting our effective partnership working through the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse Partnership.

White Ribbon supports the principles behind the government’s strategy to end violence against women and girls (VAWG) that aims to address crimes identified as being committed primarily, but not exclusively, by men against women. These crimes include:

  • forced marriage (FM)
  • female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • domestic abuse
  • rape and sexual offences
  • so-called ‘honour-based’ abuse (HBA)
  • prostitution

We know that domestic abuse can also be targeted at men and boys. Surrey Police recorded approximately 7,500 victims of domestic abuse in Surrey in 2016-17; 73% of these victims were female and 27% were male.  In the same year, there were approximately 3,400 new referrals to our domestic abuse outreach services; 90% of these referrals were female and 10% were male.

The White Ribbon campaign does not seek to challenge, ignore or unfairly influence the way in which we respond to and support victims of any gender. Indeed, partners in Surrey and our domestic abuse outreach services provide support to any victim of domestic abuse regardless of age, gender, sexuality or race. There is a dedicated male victim’s outreach worker based in the outreach service who supports male victims of domestic abuse countywide and will offer the same level of advocacy to male victims as is provided to female victims.

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