A Halifax nightclub has been recognised for its commitment to customer safety and taking a stand against violence on women.
Liquid and Maine Street, on Commercial Street, was awarded the White Ribbon Campaign Music Venues Award last night (Saturday), a first for a nightclub in the UK.
The nightclub held an Ibiza ‘White Ribbon’ themed party to celebrate the award - which encourages people to sign the WRC pledge ‘Never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.’
Adrian Broadhead, manager of Liquid & Maine Street, said: “As a business our focus is centred on providing a great night out in a welcoming and safe environment for both women and men.
“We have worked with the White Ribbon Campaign because we support its aims and we wanted to do everything we could to ensure and promote safety at our venue.
“We are proud to gain the award and to help raise awareness of the campaign’s work.”
Liquid and Maine Street produced a seven-point plan which included staff training, poster displays and the promotion of White Ribbon aims to gain the award.
Chris Green, director of White Ribbon Campaign UK, said: “We are delighted to have the support of such a large prestigious venue and we hope more music venues will follow the lead of Liquid & Maine Street.
“We have already had success in working with local councils, starting with Calderdale, and we now have the support of councils in more than 50 cities and towns across the UK.”
Detective Chief Inspector Darren Minton of Calderdale Police, said: “As a police force we have carried out a substantial amount of work to tackle and combat all forms of violence - including that committed against women.
“The issue is not, however, one we can tackle in isolation. We need members of the public and partners from all areas to work closely with us to ensure our efforts have the maximum impact.
“I am delighted that the White Ribbon has been awarded to the Liquid nightclub in recognition of the organisation’s hard work in this area and would like to thank everyone who has put so much hard work and effort into this area of work.”
The White Ribbon Campaign has been running in the UK since 2004 and was set up by men who wished to take a stance and make a visible personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.