Organisations in Gloucestershire have come together to support the UK SAYS NO MORE Campaign with their own hashtag GLOSSAYSNOMORE

UK SAYS NO MORE is a national campaign that recognises and raises awareness for domestic violence and sexual assault, with the aim of bringing it to an end.

This years campaign has taken advantage of the major impact social media has on society. They have used platforms such as Twitter to raise awareness and to show how technology can play a role in domestic abuse.

The campaign will be taking place over a period of 16 days (25th November – 10th December 2017).

Some of the organisations taking part include:

Gloucestershire Borough Council

 

Cllr Flo Clucas, cabinet member for healthy lifestyles at Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “Domestic violence is a major hidden problem in society. The campaign seeks to open up discussion, inform, and give everyone the true facts of a dreadful crime, that affects women, some men, and children who experience it in their homes. A female victim will be beaten, or coerced dozens of times before seeking help. This hidden crime must be confronted and must be stopped.

SARCs

Stroud Women’s Refuge

Gloucester City Council

Gloucestershire Police

Many others have also confirmed that they will take part in the initiative.

Domestic Violence accounts for 10% of criminal offences in the UK and affects both men and women.

Here are a few facts about Domestic Abuse from Office of National Statistics:

  • In the year ending March 2017 it was recorded that 1.9 million people from the ages of 16 – 59 suffered domestic abuse in the past year, 1.2 million women and 713,000 men.
  • 305 refuge charities were operating in England and Wales.
  • Domestic Abuse is 10% of crime offences.
  • Every hour the police receive 100 calls which are related to some kind of domestic abuse.
  • Male victims are three times more likely not to tell anyone about suffering domestic abuse by their partners compared to women.

For people who wish to get involved with the campaign, you have three more days left.

For more information on how to get involved visit: http://www.glostakeastand.com/2017/10/30/16-days-of-action-2017/

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