16 Days of Action (Domestic Abuse Campaign)
16 Days of Action seeks to make people aware that domestic abuse does happen behind closed doors and we wish to prevent it. We are one of many organisations campaigning in Worcestershire to bring awareness about GVA (gender violence abuse). Whilst statistically women are more likely to victims than men, it happens to all sexes.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives.
Last year when we carried out the campaign many of us did not realise domestic abuse can be a type of discrimination, and no one was prepared for the stats - 2 women are killed every week by a current or former partner, and every minute police receive a domestic assistance call, but only 35% of domestic abuse is reported to police.
This campaign seeks to change under-reporting, and increase awareness so victims can get help and away from their perpentrators.
The 16 Days begins this Friday (25th November) on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on 10th December (International Human Rights Day).
It doesn't have to be physical to be abuse - emotional/psychological, sexual or financial are all forms of abuse.
We wish to make people aware of the help they can get and that they don't have to put up with it.
You can find out more about the campaign here:
If you think someone you know is experiencing abuse: