Campaign calls for end of gender-based violence
23 November 2018
The annual, global 16 Days of Action campaign, that raises awareness of domestic abuse, starts on November 25 with a focus on ending gender-based violence.
In the UK 2,000,000 people experience domestic abuse each year. If this is happening to you or someone you know then please don’t stay hidden. It is time to get help and time to bring an end to domestic abuse and gender violence across Bedfordshire.
The campaign starts the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. It also includes World Aids Day before finishing on December 10, which is 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 partnership's also raising awareness of hidden practices associated with domestic abuse, such as female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour-based violence.
The partnership is encouraging everyone to wear orange to work, school or play on December 10 to end the campaign with a show of support for the victims of domestic abuse across Bedfordshire.
If you are worried about your own behaviour or frightened of someone else's, you are not alone and 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 (link opens in new window) for advice on where to get help.
You can also follow Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership on Facebook (link opens in new window) and Twitter (link opens in new window) to keep up to date with the campaign or search those platforms using #BDAP#16Days.