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Safer Leeds

The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement, founded by a group of men in Canada in 1991, encouraging men and boys to work together to end male violence against women and girls.

The campaign runs through and in parallel with, the wider 16 Days of Action which seeks to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The 16 Days of Action starts on the 25th November, (UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women) and runs to the 10th December (International Human Rights Day).

The work supports the ambitions of the city’s Breakthrough Project and the outcome of people in Leeds ‘being safe and feeling safe’ in their homes, in the streets and the place they go.

White Ribbon Day itself is the 25th November. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge by men never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. Leeds was the first city in England to gain White Ribbon status back in 2010.

In line with the 16 Days of Action, this year’s theme is about raising awareness and understanding of coercive and controlling behaviour.

Events will be happening across the city, and there will be opportunities to donate money to Leeds Domestic Violence Service. All funds will be used to improve the service across Leeds and support victims of domestic violence and abuse.

You can donate at

Please get involved and spread the message - There is no excuse for abuse! #WhiteRibbonLeeds

Safer Leeds is the city’s Community Safety Partnership, responsible for tackling crime and disorder

We are proud of our strong record of partnership working and what we have achieved to date, and we strongly believe that we are better when we work together. The following are committed to working collectively through Safer Leeds:

Responsible Authorities

  • Leeds City Council; West Yorkshire Police; Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups; West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company; West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service; National Probation Trust

Co-operating Bodies

  • Leeds Children’s Trust Board; Leeds Safeguarding Children Board; Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board; HM Prison Service; Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner; Third Sector Partnerships

Our Outcome

We want people in Leeds to be safe and feel safe in their homes, in the streets, and the places they go…

Our Focus

  • Promoting community tolerance and respect
  • Keeping people safe from harm
  • Protecting homes and business

Our Priorities

Safer Leeds has agreed the following priorities:

  • Anti-social behaviour, domestic violence and abuse, hate crime/ community tensions, offending behaviours, serious acquisitive crime and vulnerable victims with a focus on the following cross-cutting issues; alcohol, drugs and mental health

We will strengthen existing partnership and forge new ones to find solutions to local concerns; improve public confidence and build stronger communities. We firmly believe one victim is one too many and everyone has the right to live in a safe and tolerant society and that everyone has a responsibility to behave in a way that respects this right.

Find out more about our plans, news & stories on this website.