Domestic Abuse Awareness Campaign – 2011
It's your right to say NO to abuse!
The annual Domestic Abuse Awareness Campaign takes place between the 21st and 25th November across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.
This year the campaign will focus on the ‘Hidden Victims’ of domestic abuse. People often associate domestic abuse with violence by a man against a woman. However, domestic abuse, which includes controlling and isolation of victims, as well as violence, is far more widespread than this.
Victims can come from all walks of life, regardless of economic or social background, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age, disability or religion. However, some of these characteristics may mean that victims are more reluctant to come forward and seek help, and that they are faced with added difficulties due to their circumstances.
There are a number of services across our region that provide practical and emotional help and advice for victims of domestic abuse. Although historically these have focussed on the needs of female victims, in recent years there has been a greater acknowledgement of the needs of victims across our communities and services are evolving to meet those needs.
Leicestershire County Council, in conjunction with Leicester City, District and Borough Councils, Loughborough Women’s Aid and Women’s Aid Leicestershire, the DVIRP (Domestic Abuse Helpline) and the SAFE project (Foundation Housing Association) are holding a week of awareness raising events to look at the issues facing male victims, members of the LGBT communities, issues affecting the BME communities such as forced marriage and honour based violence, and relationships between young people.
Women’s Aid Leicestershire, home of the ADAM project for Male victims, is hosting a conference on Wednesday 23rd November, which will focus on issues affecting male victims from all communities. In the County, a number of districts will be focussing on young people. Activities based around drama will take place in a number of schools that will focus on teenage abuse and healthy relationships.
Leicester City Council, working with the LGBT Centre and DVIRP (Domestic Violence Helpline) will be focussing on abuse within the gay and lesbian community, by holding a training session and by holding awareness stalls around the neighbourhoods.
Councillor Joe Orson, Leicestershire County Council said “There are many hidden victims of domestic abuse, but help is available. Leicestershire County Council is committed to working with partners to raise awareness of the support that is available for anybody who requires it, regardless of their circumstances”
Help is Available For Everyone
If you wish to find out more about Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, or need to talk to somebody in confidence, please contact the Domestic Violence Helpline on 0116 255 0004.
County Domestic Abuse Reduction Co-ordinator – Julia Young – 0116 305 7594 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require help and advice, support, or just need someone to talk to try contacting one of our support services
Further information on issues being discussed during the week can be found by following these links;
Help for the LGB and T Community
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Page Last Updated: 16 May 2013