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Domestic Abuse Forum and Champions network launched as the 16 days of action against gender-based violence campaign begins

  • 25 November 2020
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The Safer Walsall Partnership is launching a Domestic Abuse Forum and seeking to develop a network of Champions across the borough to fight Domestic Abuse. This comes as the nation raises awareness of the upcoming 16 days of action against gender-based violence campaign running from 25 November to 10 December.

The campaign launches on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day, recognising that violence against women is one of the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide. The council and Safer Walsall partners will be tweeting messages on each day of the campaign to raise awareness and share sources of support.

The Domestic Abuse Forum will be launched by Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader for Resilient Communities on Wednesday 25 November with the aim of encouraging multi-agency working and to improve information sharing between the statutory and voluntary agencies. It also aims to increase awareness throughout the health, education, industrial and commercial sectors, in voluntary and statutory agencies and is keen to be available, to listen, to be supportive and to be aware of the agencies and individuals who may need help.

The council is also training staff to become Domestic Abuse Champions who will have access to up-to-date domestic abuse resources, building on the work of the Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum. The champions can be approached for advice, support and help and will also aim to increase knowledge by helping others to recognise domestic abuse.  As the scheme moves forward the team seek to develop a network of community members as champions against Violence toward women and girls. 

Councillor Garry Perry, Deputy Leader of Resilient Communities said, “It is important that people in the borough are aware of the support available for anyone who is affected by Domestic Abuse." 

“The Domestic Abuse Forum and the Champions network will be pivotal in sharing this knowledge and offering practical support and advice.” 

Director of Housing at whg Gary Brookes, who is also chair of the DA Strategy Group, Safer Walsall Priority Lead for Domestic Abuse said: “We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone, but even more so for those who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse - whether physical or mental. 

“Domestic abuse, unfortunately, is on the rise this year. There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances are.”
“For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, whatever your gender.”

For more information about Domestic Abuse, how to recognise and report it and for access to useful resources visit the Safer Walsall Partnership website:  
https://www.saferwalsallpartnership.co.uk/domestic-abuse


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Notes to editors
•    More information about the Safer Walsall Partnership is available on the website: https://www.saferwalsallpartnership.co.uk/ 
•    For more about the 16 days of action campaign see: https://16dayscampaign.org/
 

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