Local celebrities gathered yesterday to pledge an end to violence against women as part of Violence Prevention Week.

Included in the event were Olympic champion Daniel Igali and B.C. Lion Jerome Dennis.

Igali wasn’t there in person, but he sent in a video as proof of his pledge.

“Speaking out against violence is important because silence condones it,” Igali said. “Relationships, families and societies need to be free from all forms of violence.”

Vancouver Coun. Ellen Woodsworth also took the pledge.

“In times of recession, violence increases three-fold,” she said. “I believe we need to stand together and Vancouver can become a much safer city.”

Violence Prevention Week runs from April 19 to 26.