Domestic abuse comes under the spotlight

A campaign is being launched to raise awareness how friends and family can support someone that may be experiencing domestic abuse.

The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership at Cambridgeshire County Council are publishing a leaflet on 25 November, explaining the different types of abuse, and how it can affect victims and their children. The leaflet also includes advice on what friends and family can do to offer support and increase safety such as:

  • Being patient and non-judgmental
  • Offering reassurance help to build confidence
  • Offering to accompany them to their GP or the Police

November 25 was chosen as the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, when governments and organisations will be encouraged to organise activities to raise awareness of the issues.

The date also marks the start of 16 Days of Action, running up to Human Rights day on 10 December. The theme of the 16 days is the colour orange, the official colour of the UN Secretary General's UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign.

The leaflet has been produced in partnership with Cambridge Women's Aid, Refuge and Cambridge Rape Crisis and is available in libraries across the county. It can also be downloaded via the Cambridgeshire County Council website by searching for "˜domestic abuse'.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or are worried about a friend or family member, you can contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge).


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