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Uniting against domestic violence

Date : 25 November 2020

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Wednesday 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, and the start of the 16 Days of Action.

We are working in partnership with agencies across Hastings and Rother to run campaigns against domestic abuse for 2020. 

What is the White Ribbon Campaign?

The White Ribbon Campaign recognises the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.  It is therefore a means for men to speak out against violence and abuse and to safely challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women. 

We are committed to supporting the White Ribbon Campaign. It is important to demonstrate commitment to involving men and boys as ambassadors in the mobilisation of entire local communities to engage in awareness raising activities; addressing and altering social norms leading to violent behavior and providing services aimed at reducing the incidence towards anyone at risk of interpersonal abuse and violence.

You can also support for the campaign all year round by pledging never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women and girls in all forms by wearing a white ribbon on the day. For more information about the campaign and to pledge not to, visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk

What are the 16 days of Action?

The 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a global initiative, seeking to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.  The 16 Days run from 25th November (the UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women) to the 10th December (Human Rights Day).

Duty to protect

Chief Fire Office Dawn Whittaker said: “Throughout the UK, I am aware of examples of where the threat of fire (arson) has been used in coercive relationships and to intimidate partners or ex-partners.

The Fire and Rescue Service have a duty to protect the vulnerable alongside other agencies and so we are very keen to help and give advice to keep people safe in their homes, in a non-judgemental way. It is also true that if we do see evidence that creates a cause for concern, we will take our duty for safeguarding seriously and report those concerns.

In my career, I have seen, first-hand the importance of taking action early and before things get out of hand, but also the sad consequences of when that doesn’t happen. 

During COVID we are restricted in the number of homes we can physically visit, but if you have a concern about fire safety in your home, please do call us on Freephone 0800 177 7069 or if you can look at the home safety advice and information on our website www.esfrs.org.” 

We take all our safeguarding duties seriously, to protect all vulnerable people across East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.

At Home Shouldn’t Mean At Risk

We’ve all struggled this year, there’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has brought unforeseen challenges for all. For some being shut in can be a scarier thought than for most. The Government has recognised this with this Campaign #youarenotalone During Covid-19 lockdowns has increased in terrifying figures this year. Domestic Abuse service providers continue to support victims.

Domestic abuse affects everyone

The LGBT Domestic Violence and Abuse Working Group have created an excellent resource for the trans community.  You can access it here.

Mankind is a group set up to support men who are victims of domestic abuse.  You can find out more about them here.


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