B18078 Campaign Events Shed Light On Domestic Abuse

North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership is speaking out against domestic abuse once again, as part of a worldwide campaign.

Events for agencies and members of the public are taking place for the now-annual demonstrations that state a commitment to never accept domestic abuse in all its forms and irrespective of gender.

Drawing inspiration from the international White Ribbon Campaign and its ‘16 Days Of Action’, the local campaign hosted by Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough councils aims to increase recognition of domestic abuse and encourage and support people affected by it to seek the support that’s available.

The theme of the campaign this year is ‘step into their shoes’, encouraging people to think about the experiences other people are going through and how they can support them.

An event for young people is being held on Thursday 6 December at Parkside in Bromsgrove, around the impact of domestic abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation on young people. It follows on from a professional and support service event also held at Parkside on Friday (November 30). These partnership events are hosted and organised by the district council’s Community Safety team with West Mercia Women’s Aid and Worcestershire Rape and Sexual Assault Centre.

Cllr Gareth Prosser, Redditch Borough Council’s portfolio holder for community safety, said: “As a council we remain committed to standing against domestic violence in all its forms, which can have such a big impact on people’s lives. This year we are asking everyone to put themselves into the shoes of someone affected by domestic abuse. What do you think that looks like? What support would you want, or be able to get? How would you approach the problem? It’s a difficult topic and we should be clear that you’re not alone, and there is help out there.”

The 24hr domestic abuse helpline run by Women’s Aid can be reached by calling 0800 980 3331.

The White Ribbon Campaign is an international movement encouraging men to speak out against violence toward women and girls. It contains a campaign called 16 Days of Action to raise awareness of the reality of domestic violence and push for positive change that makes people safer, which runs between two special days designated by the United Nations: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (and White Ribbon Day), and December 20, UN Human Rights Day.