25 November marks the start of ‘16 Days of Action to end violence against women and girls,’ an international movement supported by international, national and local organisations fighting to end violence against women and girls. 25 November is also White Ribbon Day, where men are encouraged to wear a white ribbon, and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
Public Health England (PHE ) would like to invite you to join in supporting the 16 Days of Action (also known as 16 days of activism) and related campaigns by reaching out to employers, employees and the general public about the prevention of and response to domestic and sexual violence. The PHE campaign will be as inclusive as possible, acknowledging that domestic and sexual violence and abuse can affect anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religion, and will have two primary operational aims:
- To increase use of the BiTC domestic abuse workplace toolkit, designed to help organisations make a commitment to respond to domestic abuse and build an approach that ensures all employees feel supported and empowered by their workplace to deal with domestic violence and abuse.
- To increase use of the South West Survivor Pathway website, a comprehensive online directory providing information about local sexual violence services across the South West to providers and survivors.
How you can get involved
PHE are concentrating their " 16 Days of Action" campaign across the South West of England. However, the campaign is nationwide and PHE know there are lots of organisations already planning great things locally to support the campaign and would like to encourage any interested parties to get involved with their digital campaign activity by tweeting or retweeting links to the Domestic Abuse toolkit developed in partnership with Business in the Community.
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