As part of the National White Ribbon "16 Days of Action", Safer Wyre Forest was busy campaigning and raising awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across Wyre Forest. They were urging people to wear a white ribbon and talk to their family and friends about domestic violence in the hope that people who are experiencing problems will feel that they are not alone and know where to find help.
Domestic abuse isn't just physical. It's about someone you know trying to control your life. This could be a partner, ex-partner, or someone in the family. It can be financial, psychological, emotional or sexual. Living with it can affect long term wellbeing and self-esteem and if children are living in the same house, they will be affected too.
Working with our Children’s Centres and Primary Schools, staff were encouraged to wear White Ribbons and distribute information for parents and carers. Our Wyre Forest and Hagley High School Community Ambassadors put their heads together and came up with inventive ways to raise awareness of domestic abuse, what it is and how to get help by organising a range of activities to engage and involve their peers.
In addition, our Partners wore White Ribbons and raised awareness within their own organisations, hosting information stands and distributing information. The campaign was also highlighted on social media and supported by our local press.
We were also promoting Clare’s Law - the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) – which allows people to find out about their partner’s violent or abusive past. The law was introduced in 2014 after Clare Wood was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2009, who had a history of violence against women. The campaign is called ‘Worried’ and further information about this and domestic abuse in general is available at www.worcestershiredomesticandsexualabuse.co.uk
Please don’t suffer in silence; free confidential advice for women and men is available 24 hours a day by trained workers on 0300 980 3331