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ALL OUT! Sports stars and politicians unite to end domestic violence against women

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CHAMPIONS: The campaign to end domestic violence will has the solid backing of Wasim Khan MBE - former cricket star and CEO of Leicestershire CCC, pictured here with Ikram Butt (on the right) who is Sports Campaign Manager for White Ribbon

CHAMPIONS: The campaign to end domestic violence will has the solid backing of Wasim Khan MBE - former cricket star and CEO of Leicestershire CCC, pictured here with Ikram Butt (on the right) who is Sports Campaign Manager for White Ribbon

 

Sports stars and politicians take to the crease on Sunday 17th September in aid of White Ribbon UK, a national campaign for the eradication of male violence against women.

In conjunction with Leicestershire County Cricket Club (LCCC) and the National Asian Cricket Council (NACC), the event will see two teams, The Lords and Commons XI vs. White Ribbon/NACC XI, compete for the Regal White Ribbon Trophy.

Among the stars taking part are Kabir Ali and Minal Patel (former England cricketers).  

Professor Lord Patel OBE, non-executive director of the English Cricket Board, is a major supporter of White Ribbon UK and will be captaining the Lords and Commons XI team.

“Cricket has a proud tradition of reaching beyond the boundary line in terms of respect and fair play,” commented Lord Patel.

“We are proud to support the work and corresponding message of White Ribbon UK with this exciting match.”

Captain of White Ribbon/NACC XI will be Wasim Khan MBE, CEO Leicestershire County Cricket Club and former professional cricket star. He told us: “It is a great pleasure to host this match and be part of the White Ribbon UK Campaign.

“We are a club that firmly supports the eradication of male violence against females. As well as watching a great game of cricket, I hope that many will attend and support our aim of raising greater awareness of this cause.”

STELLAR JOB: (left-right) Younis Choudhry - founder of Regal Group PLC is a primary sponsor of the event later this month. Pictured here with Chris Green OBE, founder of White Ribbon UK and Lord Patel OBE

STELLAR JOB: (left-right) Younis Choudhry - founder of Regal Group PLC is a primary sponsor of the event later this month. Pictured here with Chris Green OBE, founder of White Ribbon UK and Lord Patel OBE

 

Chris Green OBE, founder of White Ribbon UK, says that sport provides a fantastic opportunity to engage young people, and spread a message of respect and equality.

“We’re delighted and very grateful to be provided with this wonderful opportunity by Wasim Khan MBE and call ‘all out’ on violence in all its shapes and forms,” added Mr Green.

Gavin Newlands MP, chair of White Ribbon UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group, believes that upcoming match will be a fantastic occasion to unite around a message which says that violence against women and girls cannot be tolerated.

“The White Ribbon Campaign UK uses sport to remind us that we all have a role to play in ending the violence that too many women and girls face on a daily basis,” said the MP.

“Both teams may be competing against one another on the day, but are united when it comes to ending gender-based violence.”

The match begins on Sunday 17th September at 2.40pm, free of charge and people of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Ikram Butt, Sports Campaign Manager, White Ribbon UK, on 07958 329027

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Female-led organisations identify priorities for women

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Over 70 women from across Leeds, from all walks of life, came together to identify the priorities to make Leeds the best city for women and girls.

The Forum was organised by Women’s Lives Leeds (WLL) and is a unique partnership of twelve women and girls organisations from across Leeds.

Between them they have specialist individuals working for various initiatives including domestic violence, mental health, sexual health, sex work, trafficking, child sexual exploitation and education.

The conference room at the Leeds Church Institute was packed out with women of all ages, representing themselves and organisations, to discuss and prioritise the issues that women and girls experience.

Group activities took place to give attendees the opportunity to put forward any areas they felt need addressing in the city. With over 30 items on the list – ranging from employment and safety, to empowerment and education – everyone was then asked to pick their top three priorities.

This activity took place alongside a networking opportunity, giving women the space to meet other women working to empower women and girls.

Viv, an attendee explained: “In all my years in Leeds, I have never been to an event where there are so many women coming together to make sure voices are heard! And I only knew one woman in the room, what a fantastic opportunity to meet others!”

The result of this activity identified the top priorities for women in Leeds which are:  Employment, Violence Against Women and Safety.

These issues will now be tackled by the Forum going forward.

The group also elected a Chair and Deputy Chair for the Forum, who will take on duties for the next year. Kate Bratt-Farrar, Chief Executive of Sue Ryder Wheatfields has taken on the role of Chair, and Marvina Newton, CEO of Angel of Youths will be her Deputy.

Women were extremely complimentary of the event and gave positive feedback, such as “Loved being part of this event, really inspiring!”

Jeannette, Project Manager of Women’s Lives Leeds who organised the event said “It was great to see so many women of all different backgrounds come together and discuss what needs to be done to support women and girls in the city. The event was fully booked, and many more wanted to attend, we will have to organise a bigger venue next time! I can’t wait for the next Forum to keep this excellent momentum going!”

WLL have come together to support the most vulnerable women and girls in Leeds. They are experiencing mental health problems, domestic abuse, sexual violence and exploitation. Many will have experience of the criminal justice system, sex work and substance misuse. WLL will focus on the most disadvantaged communities.

WLL is made up of the following organisations: Leeds Women’s Aid, Behind Closed Doors, Getaway Girls, Hooner Kelah, Halt, Together Women, Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service, Women’s Health Matters, Shantona, Basis, Asha Neighbourhood Project and Nari Ekta. The project launched on 1st November 2016 and has funding from the Big Lottery for four years.

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Bowling out domestic violence: Cricket history at Headingley

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COMPETITIVE: Despite being unable to play outdoors, the men’s teams were still able to play out some overs in the indoor facilities (pic credit, Tabz Media)

COMPETITIVE: Despite being unable to play outdoors, the men’s teams were still able to play out some overs in the indoor facilities (pic credit, Tabz Media)

History was made at Headingley last Sunday as the UK’s first all Asian women’s cricket team took to the field to ‘bowl out domestic violence’.

Led by female cricket icon Salma Bi, the ‘Asian Inspiration’ side took on the Combined Services women for the White Ribbon Trophy as part of a day of cricket devoted to raising the issue of domestic violence and abuse against women and children.

This historic occasion marks a new chapter in Cricket as the ECB (English Cricket Board) have already set out to develop cricket within South Asian communities.

BIG SUPPORT: Men, women and children teams lined up for the event aiming to raise awareness of domestic violence against women (pic credit, Tabz Media)

BIG SUPPORT: Men, women and children teams lined up for the event aiming to raise awareness of domestic violence against women (pic credit, Tabz Media)

The day was organised by Halima Khan and Ikram Butt, co-founders of Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line, which aims to use sporting initiatives as platform for campaigns that facilitate peace and equality around the globe.

The event was endorsed by the ECB and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, whilst the festival also featured 80 junior players demonstrating ‘quick cricket’ as well as Bollywood dancers, Bhangra drummers and an Army band.  

The Inspirational Women’s team batted out their overs, however the game ended in a tie due to the rain and both teams shared the trophy. Unfortunately, the weather did not allow the men's game to take place, however, they did go into the indoor facilities and played a number of over’s against each other in the spirit of cricket.

HISTORIC: The Asian Inspiration side were led out by cricket icon, Salma Bi

HISTORIC: The Asian Inspiration side were led out by cricket icon, Salma Bi

Chris Green, founder of White Ribbon UK, explained: “There’s substantial evidence showing that when women are empowered, they experience less violence. As a leading organisation in the field of preventing male violence against women, we were delighted to support this event.”

Halima Khan, Director of CBBL commented: “Today marks the start of a new era for cricket empowering women and men from diverse communities to take to the crease and speak out on bowling out domestic violence against women.

“As we move forwards we would like the ECB to support more of these initiatives which aim to inspire communities at grassroots levels and BEM (British ethnic minority) women to play the game and get involved in the game’s administration,” added Halima.

OPPOSITION: The Combined Services sides eventually drew the contest

OPPOSITION: The Combined Services sides eventually drew the contest

West Indies international player Jonathan Carter, Ex- England International Sajid Mahmood, ECB Independent board director, Lord Patel of Bradford, Greg Mulholland MP, Leeds North West,Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner,  and Dr Hanif Malik OBE, were present to watch the proceedings as well as special guest Jackie Janmohamed, President of Kenya Cricket and the first female to head up an international cricket board.

Ms Janmohamed commented: "It was great to be a part of this innovative initiative campaigning to end violence against women and empowering people to speak up through the medium of cricket.

"I look forward working with CBBL and the combined services to replicate a similar event in Kenya in the future."

Major LM Marr, Head of Engagement  for Yorkshire and the Humber, commented: “’We, the Armed Forces, were delighted to take part in the White Ribbon ‘Bowling out domestic violence event’ as it supported two focus areas that we feel really strongly about. 

MINI SPORTS: As many as 80 children took part in small games of cricket on the day, whilst activities were also on offer (pic credit, Tabz Media)

MINI SPORTS: As many as 80 children took part in small games of cricket on the day, whilst activities were also on offer (pic credit, Tabz Media)

“Firstly the issue of domestic violence which we are as keen as every other area of society to stamp out and secondly the empowerment of women from any religious or ethnic background to be able to play sport, or take part in physical activity of any nature.

“It was a fantastic event and we feel very honoured to have been able to take part in it. The Combined Services Team are very much looking forward to the rematch.”

TEAMING UP: Ikram Butt, Mark Burns-Williamson and Lord Patel of Bradford were in full support of the day (pic credit, Tabz Media)

TEAMING UP: Ikram Butt, Mark Burns-Williamson and Lord Patel of Bradford were in full support of the day (pic credit, Tabz Media)

Former rugby league and union international Ikram Butt, founder of BARA and Sport Campaigns Manager for White Ribbon was pleased to see so much support on the day, despite the rain.

He added: “This was a great opportunity to raise awareness of violence against women and develop women in sporting roles at the same time.

“We aim to make this an annual fixture for both the men and women’s game as well as organize tours and expand opportunities for people from diverse communities to take part in cricket.

“I would like to thank all of those involved in the day. Sponsors, supporters, players and organisers all played their part in getting out this vital message.”

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Bowling out domestic violence

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CRICKETING TRIO: (L-R) Mark Arthur, CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket, Halima Khan, director of CBBL and Ikram Butt, White Ribbon ambassador at Yorkshire County Cricket Club

CRICKETING TRIO: (L-R) Mark Arthur, CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket, Halima Khan, director of CBBL and Ikram Butt, White Ribbon ambassador at Yorkshire County Cricket Club

White Ribbon Campaign takes to the crease at Headingley

Cricket stars from both the men’s and women’s games - as well as celebrities, sport stars and politicians - will be aiming to 'Bowl Out Domestic Violence' when they take to the field at Headingley on Sunday 4th September.

Organised by Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line (CBBL) in support of the White Ribbon Campaign - set up to tackle domestic violence against women and children - the event will consist of two T20 matches.

Halima Khan, a director of CBBL said: “Cricket is a powerful tool for engagement in bringing people from different backgrounds together, whilst raising awareness of the White Ribbon campaign.

“For me personally, I am extremely proud to be showcasing the diverse range of women who play cricket from a grassroots level and especially those from the South Asian community. The event is set to be a fantastic day for everyone to get involved and show their support”

Mark Arthur, CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket commented saying: “Yorkshire County Cricket club is delighted to support the White Ribbon Campaign and all at Headingley are very much looking forward to hosting the day’s events.

“As a Club, we pride ourselves on supporting worthwhile initiatives such as this one, especially when the campaign chimes so well with cricket’s culture of respect. We sincerely hope the event proves successful in raising awareness of domestic violence.”

The Combined Services representative Major Lisa Marr, who is Head of Engagement, said: “The Armed forces are delighted to take part in the women’s cricket march at the iconic Headingley stadium. As an equal opportunities employer we are fully supportive of any initiatives to get more females involved in any sport regardless of age, ethnicity, religion or background”.

Each of the teams will be playing for the 2016 Cricket Beyond the Boundary Line White Ribbon Trophy. The women’s games will be captained by Salma Bi, who is the first British Asian and Muslim woman in history to play for Worcestershire County Cricket Club, whilst the men’s Parliamentary select XI  will be led by Lord Patel of Bradford, who is also a director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as an independent member.

ALL-ROUNDERS: Mark Arthur and Ikram Butt look forward to taking to the field on 4th September

ALL-ROUNDERS: Mark Arthur and Ikram Butt look forward to taking to the field on 4th September

One of those taking part in the parliamentary game, Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland, commented: “I’m delighted to be supporting the White Ribbon Cricket ‘Beyond the Boundary Line’ event and want everyone to get behind this amazing charity.

“It is important that we celebrate and inspire others to follow suit and I congratulate the organisers for arranging what promises to be a fantastic event,” added Greg, who is an official White Ribbon Campaign ambassador along with current Yorkshire and England cricketer Adil Rashid and Rugby League legend Garry Schofield OBE.

Ikram Butt, sports campaigner and White Ribbon ambassador commented: “Sport has a tremendous influence over men's and youth culture.  Young men and women play sport, watch sport, and participate in sports culture socially.

“Sport provides an avenue for promoting safe and respectful behaviours amongst men and young people.  We are delighted and very grateful to be provided with this wonderful opportunity by Mark Arthur and to Bowl Out Domestic Violence in all its shapes and forms.”

The White Ribbon XI team are delighted that the National Asian Cricket Council (NACC) have accepted their invitation to lead the team.

Founder of the NACC Gulfraz Riaz commented: “The NACC are delighted to be supporting this hugely important event and we looking forward to taking on the Parliamentary Select XI on the Headingley pitch. The NACC team which will be captained by Kabir Ali, former England and Lancashire player.

“We are keen to bring together the cricketing family, as we all get behind CBBL and the White Ribbons 'Bowling out Domestic Violence'  campaign. I urge all the communities to come and support the day".

There will be a festival style atmosphere at Headingley on the day, including a climbing wall, bouncy castle , the Army Band and  even Bhangra drummers - showcasing the diversity Yorkshire has to offer.

ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “It’s great to see cricket at the heart of this initiative and have so many different cricketing communities involved. Our sport has a proud tradition of fair play and showing respect for the opposition – values which we believe fit perfectly with this campaign and are easily translated into everyday life. Our congratulations to CBBL on organising the event and best wishes to all the teams involved.”

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‘Men are abused too’

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SUPPORT: Humayun Islam is the service manager at Men Standing Up and said referrals to the charity peak during winter months

SUPPORT: Humayun Islam is the service manager at Men Standing Up and said referrals to the charity peak during winter months

Bradford charity raising awareness of domestic violence

As the festive season approaches, a Bradford service is appealing to more male victims of domestic abuse to speak up as they aim to offer more support during their busiest period.

‘Men Standing Up’ is a support group which was set up in September 2013, catering for men who have suffered some sort of domestic abuse at home, from their partner of other family member.

Over previous winter months, the number of referrals and calls to the helpline spiked and this year, the team are urging people to contact them before it is too late.

Service manager, Humayun Islam, explained some of the statistics which had been gathered over the first year of operations, referring to recent figures as just the ‘tip of the iceberg’.

“Since opening in September last year, 88 referrals have been made to the service whilst 227 individuals have contacted the helpline,” he said.

“This is a massive number when you put it into context and we believe it is just the tip of the iceberg.

“With the festive season upon us, we are predicting another increase in demand for our service.

“As people struggle to deal with financial burdens it can really impact on their wellbeing. This alongside any possible emotional, physical, sexual or verbal abuse is very dangerous for victims.”

As well as offering support via a helpline, Men Standing Up can provide victims of domestic abuse with supported accommodation where key workers are on hand for support.

Likewise, two crash pads, with 12 beds, are also run by the charity, giving men in emergency situations a temporary place to stay for up to 14 days.

Many referrals to the service have come through the police, whilst other organisations, including the Bradford Royal Infirmary, Housing Options and Men’s Advice Line, have also contacted the charity for help.

Humayun added: “Our aim is to make men aware that they can speak up if they are being abused.

“It is a taboo subject in many cultures but it happens all over the UK.

“We had one man tell us he was contemplating suicide before he was referred to us by the police and it should not get to that stage before you seek help.

“Hopefully this Christmas, people will speak up if they are being affected.”

Of the 88 referrals received by Men Rising Up to date, floating support has been provided to 35 men, whilst ongoing telephone communication remains with others.

The service was set up by head of service, Ean Monk, and Director, Rubina Bokhari, after realising a need for such services in Bradford, and is run by Bradford Cyrenians

Clients from as far away as London have utilised the support in the first year of operations.

If you feel you need to contact the charity, call the confidential helpline on 0300 3030167 or email menstandingup@bradfordcyrenians.org.uk

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Domestic violence

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Imagine being beaten by your husband or threatened with deportation and having your children removed from you. Perhaps police show up in response to a call or complaint but you can’t speak their language.

How would you deal with family members angry with you for bringing shame to your family or to your community?

Domestic violence is vastly underreported in Asian communities for a number of reasons. The language barrier is a huge obstacle as is the great sense of bringing shame to the family.

For many Asian women, their entire sense of identity is wrapped up in relationship to their families.  Often Asian women will refer to themselves as ‘someone’s wife’ or ‘someone’s mother’. They often don’t introduce themselves or other women by name.

Domestic violence is vastly underreported in Asian  communities for a number of reasons

Domestic violence is vastly underreported in Asian
communities for a number of reasons

Another problem identified is the link between violence and love in some Asian families. Many Asian people grow up in a society or a culture where corporal punishment is acceptable, to a certain degree, such as the misbehaviour of a child. The notion ingrained as time goes along is that, ‘well, daddy/mummy hit me because I was naughty and they wanted to correct me because they love me’.

Now victims of domestic violence in Leeds are being urged to not suffer in silence and take steps to access a wide range of support services available in the city.

Working with a range of partners, including West Yorkshire Police and the NHS, Leeds City Council’s Safer Leeds Partnership is providing help in a number of ways to tackle domestic violence, support victims and work with previous offenders.

Available 24 hours a day, the Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) phone line offers confidential support and advice from trained staff for all victims of abuse aged 16 or older.

Callers are assured that they will be listened to and treated with dignity and respect and can be offered access to further services depending on their needs.

Depending on personal circumstances, a place in a refuge may also be offered but at no time will pressure be put on any caller to leave their partner or home if they are unsure or do not want to.

The Safer Leeds Partnership is also responsible for overseeing enquiries which are made as part of new legislation entitled ‘Clare’s Law’, which enables people to ask police if their partner has a history of domestic violence. The partnership uses a multi-agency approach to respond to women and/or their relatives who enquire about the past domestic violence offences if they are concerned the person may cause harm to a partner.

An innovative new pilot project working with men to improve their relationships with their children and partners and reduce their risk at home has also been launched in three areas of Leeds. This is a 17-week programme called ‘Caring Dads’.

Councillor Mick Coulson, Leeds City Council’s lead member for community safety said: “We would urge anyone who is experiencing domestic violence to please seek support from the wide range of services available in Leeds.

“Nobody should have to suffer in silence, and we would like to reassure anyone who is thinking of contacting us that out trained staff will always listen, never judge and offer the best practical advice and support.”

For further help and advice, or if you are from outside the Leeds catchment area, there are also a number of national numbers to call.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Leeds Domestic Violence Service (0113) 246 0401
Leeds ‘Caring Dads’ 0113 395 1377
Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (for women)
Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327 (for men)

In any emergency, please ring West Yorkshire Police on 999,
or for further help and advice call 101.

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Domestic violence

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Imagine being beaten by your husband or threatened with deportation and having your children removed from you. Perhaps police show up in response to a call or complaint but you can’t speak their language.

How would you deal with family members angry with you for bringing shame to your family or to your community?

Domestic violence is vastly underreported in Asian communities for a number of reasons. The language barrier is a huge obstacle as is the great sense of bringing shame to the family.

Domestic violence is vastly underreported in Asian communities for a number of reasons

Domestic violence is vastly underreported in Asian communities for a number of reasons

For many Asian women, their entire sense of identity is wrapped up in relationship to their families.

Often Asian women will refer to themselves as ‘someone’s wife’ or ‘someone’s mother’. They often don’t introduce themselves or other women by name.

Another problem identified is the link between violence and love in some Asian families. Many Asian people grow up in a society or a culture where corporal punishment is acceptable, to a certain degree, such as the misbehaviour of a child.

The notion ingrained as time goes along is that, ‘well, daddy/mummy hit me because I was naughty and they wanted to correct me because they love me’.

Now victims of domestic violence in Leeds are being urged to not suffer in silence and take steps to access a wide range of support services available in the city.

Working with a range of partners, including West Yorkshire Police and the NHS, Leeds City Council’s Safer Leeds Partnership is providing help in a number of ways to tackle domestic violence, support victims and work with previous offenders.

Available 24 hours a day, the Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) phone line offers confidential support and advice from trained staff for all victims of abuse aged 16 or older.

Callers are assured that they will be listened to and treated with dignity and respect and can be offered access to further services depending on their needs.

Depending on personal circumstances, a place in a refuge may also be offered but at no time will pressure be put on any caller to leave their partner or home if they are unsure or do not want to.

The Safer Leeds Partnership is also responsible for overseeing enquiries which are made as part of new legislation entitled ‘Clare’s Law’, which enables people to ask police if their partner has a history of domestic violence. The partnership uses a multi-agency approach to respond to women and/or their relatives who enquire about the past domestic violence offences if they are concerned the person may cause harm to a partner.

An innovative new pilot project working with men to improve their relationships with their children and partners and reduce their risk at home has also been launched in three areas of Leeds. This is a 17-week programme called ‘Caring Dads’.

Councillor Mick Coulson, Leeds City Council’s lead member for community safety said: “We would urge anyone who is experiencing domestic violence to please seek support from the wide range of services available in Leeds.

“Nobody should have to suffer in silence, and we would like to reassure anyone who is thinking of contacting us that out trained staff will always listen, never judge and offer the best practical advice and support.”

For further help and advice, or if you are from outside the Leeds catchment area, there are also a number of national numbers to call.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Leeds Domestic Violence Service (0113) 246 0401
Leeds ‘Caring Dads’ 0113 395 1377
Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (for women)
Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327 (for men)

In any emergency, please ring West Yorkshire Police on 999,
or for further help and advice call 101.

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