LANCASHIRE’S men are being encouraged to wear a white ribbon to support a campaign to end physical violence and mental abuse against women.

The emblems will be available to collect from County Hall, Preston, and libraries including Accrington, Burnley, Clitheroe, Colne, and Rawtenstall for 16 days from Monday.

Now in its 14th Year, White Ribbon is an international campaign established by men to end all forms of male violence against women and girls.

Monday is White Ribbon Day when its flag will fly above County Hall.

Lancashire County Council will be helping to raise awareness throughout the 16-day campaign.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, the authority’s director of public health, said: “White Ribbon is about encouraging men never to commit, condone or stay silent about any form of violence or abuse against women and girls. We’d like everyone to pick up a White Ribbon badge at a library and sign the pledge."