Today, people across the UK have been marking White Ribbon Day, a campaign aiming to raise awareness of and put an end to male violence towards women.
Also known as the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women, the day has been seen as particularly important this year, with an increase in domestic abuse and other forms of violence having taken place during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of people have been speaking out today to end violence against women and politicians have also been marking the important day.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet: “Violence against women is a terrible scourge in societies around the world. The UK is leading efforts to fight this crime at home and abroad – every women and girl deserves to live without fear”.
This evening, the Welsh Government Cathays Park building was lit up in orange to mark the White Ribbon Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
In a series of tweets, US President-elect Joe Biden said that COVID-19 had created a ‘shadow pandemic for many women and girls who are largely confined to their home with their abuser’, committing to ‘ending this epidemic’.
More information about White Ribbon Day can be found on the campaign’s website.
In the UK, the Domestic Abuse Helpline can be contacted on 0808 2000 247. In an emergency, always phone 999.