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Partners come together to mark 16 Days of Activism

Author: Gavin Moore Published: 23rd November 2021 10:14

Residents and businesses are invited to join the West Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership in making a stand against gender-based abuse during 16 Days of Activism which runs from 25 November to 10 December 2021.

Residents and businesses are invited to join the West Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership in making a stand against gender-based abuse during 16 Days of Activism which runs from 25 November to 10 December 2021.
This year, the partnership will host a virtual and face-to-face programme of activities to raise awareness of the world’s most persistent violations of human rights – violence against women - and promote the local support services available to women and men who have experienced physical or sexual violence or domestic abuse.
Information, advice and guidance will be shared during the 16 days via West Northamptonshire Council‘s (WNC) Facebook and Twitter pages.
The campaign will start with a Reclaim the Night march organised by Northamptonshire Rape Crisis on 25 November at 6pm. The march will start from Barry Road Co-op and continue to All Saints Church, where a candlelit vigil, organised by Northampton Town Council and Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, will take place from 7pm.
During the 16 days, the Community Safety Partnership will be distributing leaflets, posters and information baubles in venues, workplaces and retailers across West Northamptonshire. Businesses and taxi drivers will also be asked to place stickers in their windows, in support of the campaign.
In addition, the partnership will be holding several pop-up support stands, where agencies such as Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, Eve, Voice, Serenity and Northamptonshire Rape Crisis will be on hand to provide advice and guidance.
These include a stand at The University of Northampton on Thursday 25 November from 10am – 2pm; The Metro Bank in Northampton on Monday 29 November from 10am – 2pm; Weston Favell Shopping Centre on Wednesday 1 December from 9.30am – 12.30pm and on Wednesday 8 December from 8.30am – 12.30pm and The Guildhall in Northampton on Monday 6 December from 10am – 2pm.
Cllr David Smith, WNC's Cabinet Member for community safety and engagement, and regulatory services, said: "Nobody should feel fear in their homes this is why our campaign this year aims not only to identify abusive behaviours but also to introduce to the public the many agencies that can help in all manner of situations. It is important that victims know how and where to get advice and support.
"Violence against women is not unavoidable; it’s preventable. Together we can make a difference by supporting women and girl survivors of violence to stay safe and free of violence. Together we can make the world a safer place."
Detective Superintendent Richard Tompkins from Northamptonshire Police, said: "Domestic abuse is one of four priorities for Northamptonshire Police, so we are pleased to support a campaign which takes a stand against gender-based abuse.
"We hope that this campaign raises awareness of the very real issue that violence against women and girls is something that still happens every minute of every day.
"By supporting campaigns like this we hope to send a message that abuse in any form is completely unacceptable and something we actively work against.
"Our detectives in the Domestic Abuse Team are specially trained officers who have a passion for investigating this crime type and a real interest in reaching the best outcome for victims.
"It takes an immense amount of courage to leave an abusive relationship and this is something we never underestimate. If you are suffering in a relationship, please come forward and report it to us so we can help."
Report abuse by calling 101 or go online at www.northants.police.uk/RO, or in an emergency always call 999.
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