Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, is encouraging people across Wolverhampton to wear orange and help raise awareness of the issue of violence against women and girls. The City is again supporting the United Nations’ annual 16-day Orange the World campaign, which began on Saturday, 25 November, 2017 with a wide range of activities taking place organised by businesses, community groups and individuals to “Orange Wolverhampton”.

One easy way in which people can show their support is by wearing an orange item of clothing or sporting orange accessories.

Emma said: “I’m proud to wear orange to show my support for this campaign and would encourage as many people as possible to support this year’s Orange Wolverhampton campaign, and wearing something orange and sharing your picture on social media, is a quick and simple way in which you can take part.

“So please support Orange Wolverhampton. It doesn’t matter what the orange item is, just wear it with pride throughout the 16-day campaign which runs until the 10 December. If you haven’t got any orange clothing, don’t worry, as there are plenty of other ways you can get involved in the campaign – check out the link at the bottom of this page for more information.”

In supporting the Orange Wolverhampton campaign, you are not only raising awareness of gender-based violence – violence primarily committed against women and girls, including domestic and sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and so-called ‘honour-based’ violence – but also the help and support that is available to victims in the City of Wolverhampton.

To find out more about the Orange Wolverhampton campaign, please visit www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk

Anyone worried about or suffering from any form of domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called honour-based violence, or sexual violence can call the relevant helpline:

• The Haven Wolverhampton 24-hour Helpline for women and men on 08000 194400

• National Domestic Violence helpline for women on 0808 2000 247

• National Domestic Violence helpline for men on 0808 8010327

• Wolverhampton Adults Social Care team on 01902 551199

• Wolverhampton Children’s Social Care on 01902 555392

• NSPCC FGM Helpline on 0800 028 3550

• Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of so-called honour-based violence and forced marriage 0800 5999 247.

In an emergency, always call police on 999.

December 2017