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Wear the White Ribbon today

25 Nov 2021

Why we’re supporting sixteen days of action to end violence against women, starting today (Thursday, 25 November) - pick up a White Ribbon at the Main Library and tag your photos on Twitter or Instagram @OfficialUoM

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Our University is supporting White Ribbon Day, a campaign to end violence against women that starts today (Thursday, 25 November) and runs for 16 days.

Organisers are asking people in their communities, organisations and workplaces to come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women.

You can show your support and pick up a White Ribbon today at the Main Library at the Customer Service desk. Tag your photos on Twitter or Instagram @OfficialUoM. 

As well as supporting the campaign, we’re reminding colleagues that help and support for anyone of any gender suffering from domestic violence or coercion is available from our University.

Our People and Organisational Development Director, Adèle MacKinlay said: “There is no place for violence against women, or any person in our community.  Our University is proud to help and support victims, be they our staff or students, and to back this vital campaign to bring people together to call it out, give support and put an end to it.”

To get support

If you or someone you are concerned about has experienced domestic abuse of any kind, be it coercion and control, financial abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse or other behaviours, there is help for you.

You may access the support services below directly.  Or your first step may to be to tell someone you trust – a friend, a lecturer, a colleague or manager, and to ask for help with reporting.

If you are in immediate danger, you should call 999.  If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone you can press 55 once you are through to 999.  This will transfer the call to the relevant police force who will assist you without you having to speak.

To get support from our University

If you are suffering from domestic abuse of any kind, or know someone who is, you can get help by contacting:

A trained advisor will get back to you, whether you are staff or a student, with support and help with taking your report forwards.

Further help and support

There are also support services outside the University:

  • Refuge
  • Bright Sky has a mobile app, free to download from the App Store or Google Play, provides support and information to anyone who may be experiencing domestic abuse or is concerned about someone they know
  • The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is available 24-hours a day, for free and in confidence on 0808 2000 247 or visit the website to access their live chat Monday – Friday 3pm – 10pm)
  • Manchester Women’s Aid 
  • Students – you can call 0800 028 3766 for a 24-hour helpline for all areas of mental health and wellbeing support.
  • Staff – you can call 0800 358 5997 or +44 141 271 7555, both 24-hour helplines for all areas of mental health and wellbeing support.

Support the campaign

To support White Ribbon Day campaign,