Police in the north-east are pledging their support to a worldwide movement to end domestic violence against women.
The 16 Days of Action – part of the White Ribbon campaign – launches on Sunday and runs until December 10.
As part of the movement, people are asked to make a personal pledge to “never commit, excuse or remain silent about domestic violence”.
Detective Inspector Jennifer Cordiner of the North East Public Protection Unit said: “It is just one of many organisations and campaigns we are proud to support and reinforces the strong message of taking a stand against gender-based violence in all its forms.
“The pledge includes the important promises of never committing or excusing domestic violence but it also includes one other important promise of never remaining silent if you have concerns someone is at risk of domestic abuse.
“If you have never experienced domestic abuse then you might not think it is an issue which affects you.
“However, the reality is it can affect anyone at any time of their lives and we all need to be aware of the signs and speak out.
“To join our officers in making your pledge ahead of the campaign starting, visit whiteribbon.org.uk”