Empowerment is proud of its track record in providing excellent domestic abuse services in Blackpool and across the Fylde Coast. Our current specialism is working with children and young people who have been affected by domestic abuse. Our fantastic project, ‘The Den’, provides support to children and young people; both in terms of safety planning but also to enable those affected by domestic abuse to become resilient ‘to beat the odds’ and make a success of their lives despite experiencing such traumatic events.
However, at Empowerment, we recognise that in addition to our work with those affected, the real solution remains in creating a culture and society where domestic abuse is eradicated. The simple truth is; that domestic abuse in all its forms is always wrong, no matter who the perpetrator and victim is. However, we know that the overwhelming majority of domestic abuse perpetrators are men and that women make up the vast majority of victims.
For some time now, I have been convinced that men themselves have to play a key role in eradicating domestic abuse, both in terms of calling out domestic abuse as being utterly wrong but also in working towards a culture of positive masculinity, when it is acknowledged by all of society that being violent and abusive to women has nothing to do with being a man in today’s society.
It is for these reasons that I am personally backing the White Ribbon campaign https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/ and have signed the following pledge: