16 days of activism against gender-based violence Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash

What could you help achieve over 16 Days?

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence, especially against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

During this year’s campaign the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership will be highlighting hidden victims; including male victims, older people, children, young people and the LGBT community.

The campaign wants to let the hidden victims in Bedfordshire know that it’s time to talk about what is happening to them or those around them. It’s time to get help and it’s to time to bring an end to domestic abuse and gender violence across the county.

“Domestic abuse has no place in our society”

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Bedford Borough Council portfolio holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services, said:

“Domestic abuse has no place in our society. If you’re worried about your own safety or afraid for someone close to you, there is free, confidential help available. There are many events happening all over Bedfordshire during the 16 days, I urge anyone who can to get involved in the campaign.”

If you are in a relationship where you feel you don’t have a choice or a voice, where you feel you are not in control of what is happening to you or your family or you feel like you or your children don’t matter; then it’s time to talk to someone and get help to try and move on.

If you are worried about your own behaviour or frightened of someone else’s, you are not alone, there is support available. If you or someone you know has been affected by domestic abuse or you just want to find out more, you can go to: www.bedsdv.org.uk for advice or support services.

Maybe with your help, standing together against abuse and violence in your relationship, or in those of your family or friends then we could make a difference.

So, if you can, get involved in the campaign this year. Look out for events happening all over Bedfordshire including our Go Orange Day on the 10th December or check out the 16 Days calendar at www.bedsdv.org.uk.

Helplines

It can be really hard to talk about what is happening to you or to someone you know but taking that first step and breaking the silence can be the start of you getting back some control. Why not try talking to one of these National Helplines?

National 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247

Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327

National LGBT+ Domestic Violence Helpline – 0800 999 5428

ChildLine – 0800 1111

Victim Support-line – 0808 168 9111

Honour Abuse Helpline – 0800 5999 247

Revenge Porn Helpline – 0345 6000 459

Stalking Helpline – 0808 802 0300

Respect Helpline – 0808 802 4040

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