County backs domestic violence campaign

By Tim Clarke Friday 30 November 2012 Updated: 06/12 13:26

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READERS of the Evesham Observer may have noticed the white ribbon on the front page of this week's paper.

Over the next two weeks we will be carrying the symbol as a sign of our support for the The 16 Days of Action which aims to raise awareness of the suffering caused to women by domestic violence.

It is also hoped the appeal will encourage more victims of abuse not to suffer in silence and instead seek support from agencies including the Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse.

The campaign is being backed locally by a whole host of organisations and spearheaded by the Forum.

Members of the military, police and emergency services assembled outside the Guildhall in Worcester to officially launch the campaign on Monday (November 25) and a series of events are planned across the county.

Organisations, schools and residents will be encouraged to put their hand prints on a canvas which will make up a mural entitled - 'These hands are not for hurting' that will appear at various locations across the county.

Candle lit vigils will also be held along with an event in Redditch called 'These heels are made for walking' where men will be asked to walk one mile in women’s shoes.

Martin Lakeman, strategic co-ordinator for The Forum said: “The 16 Days of Action is an important event as it helps to highlight what can be done to tackle violence against women at a local level, supported by events and activities throughout the world."

"Since The 16 Days campaign began in 1991, more than 2000 organisations in over 156 countries have taken part in a bid to tackle domestic abuse and violence against women. Worcestershire fully supports this ethos and is working hard locally to raise awareness and open up the channels of communication regarding what is so often a hidden issue."

Mr Lakeman said although the campaign was aimed at tackling domestic abuse and violence against women, the Forum was committed to supporting men trapped in abusive relationships.

To call in confidence about domestic abuse phone 0800 980 3331.

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