BARROW Town Hall will be lit up orange in support of an international campaign to eliminate gender-based violence towards women and girls on November 25.
16 Days of Action Against Domestic Abuse is aimed at businesses and organisations to help support them to take action against domestic abuse and violence while also understanding how they can do more to help protect their employees.
The 16 days campaign, supported by Public Health England, runs from November 25th - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - through to December 10 - International Human Rights Day.
Barrow Borough Council has already committed to a Domestic Abuse Policy as well as working in partnership with the borough’s flagship domestic abuse project, Women’s Community Matters.
The council have specially trained staff known as Domestic Abuse Champions who are able to give advice and support to anyone experiencing abuse; they will help coordinate a response that will provide a safe, effective and confidential approach to ensure any victim receives the right support and get them the help they need.
Councillor Ann Thomson, the leader of Barrow Borough Council and who is also a trustee at Women’s Community Matters said: “The Council is proud to support the 16 Days campaign again this year. It is our mission to raise awareness of domestic violence, what that constitutes, and how victims can access help and support in Barrow.
“The council’s Domestic Abuse policy recognises that this issue is a widespread problem that cannot and shouldn’t be ignored. The council is dedicated to creating a working environment that promotes the understanding that everyone has the right to live free from violence and abuse while also supporting those who are suffering from the hands of Domestic Abuse.
“This campaign is also an opportunity for businesses and organisations to be involved to help take action against domestic abuse and violence.
“We urge those suffering to get help – not only during this campaign, but at any time.”
This year’s campaign will highlight support available for victims of domestic abuse*, sexual consent, the increased numbers of reported domestic abuse during events such as the World Cup and the Christmas period, how to spot the warning signs, and legal advice.
To learn more about the campaign visit https://16dayscampaign.org/
*Support is available here:
In an emergency, if someone is at risk or a crime is in progress, always dial 999