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University to Host Launch Event for International Campaign to End Domestic Abuse

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The University of Worcester is pledging its support to end violence against men and women by hosting a special event next month.

Entitled ‘From peace in the home to peace in the world : make education safe for all’, the event – which is being organised by The National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse at the University - will mark the beginning of the county’s support of the international 16 Days of Action campaign.

The event will take place at the University on Wednesday 25 November from 9.45am to 1.30pm and will discuss gender based violence and education from a local, national and international perspective.

Keynote speakers and topics will include :

• ‘School-related gender based violence is preventing the achievement of quality education for all,’ delivered by Dr Catherine Jere, School of International Development at the University of East Anglia;

• ‘Healthy relationships – gender based violence and education in Worcestershire,’ from Beverley Gilbert, Senior Lecturer at the NCSPVA.

Ruth Jones OBE, Director and Lecturer at the NCSPVA will welcome guests and delegates.

The event is free and open to all; to book please visit https://16daysofaction-ncspva.eventbrite.co.uk.

The event will also celebrate Worcestershire achieving the coveted White Ribbon Status – the white ribbon is the symbol of the campaign worldwide. 

The campaign – which is supported locally by The Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence – runs from Wednesday 25 November, The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to Tuesday 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

Other planned activities during the 2015 campaign in Worcestershire will include :

• On Friday 27 November, Redditch Town Centre will again play host to a special event entitled ‘Worcestershire Heels Walk’; aimed at men, the one mile walk, will see some of the county’s high profile males, walking in women’s shoes – from heels, slippers to wellies and wedges. Last year 30 men took part, the 2015 aim is for 100.

• On Thursday 10 December, a similar ‘Walk a Mile in her Shoes’ will take place along Worcester’s High Street.

• An invitation to all residents throughout Worcestershire to take The Worcestershire Pledge. Aiming at 10,000 pledges throughout the campaign period, The Forum is asking people to visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/worcestershire and make their pledge.

Martin Lakeman, Strategic Co-ordinator for The Forum explained: “Worcestershire fully supports the ethos of The 16 Days of Action campaign and is working hard locally to raise awareness and open up the channels of communication regarding what is so often a hidden issue.

“We are heartened by the level of support and interest that The 16 Days of Action campaign receives locally. We work hard all year round to raise awareness of the misery that domestic abuse causes to families throughout Worcestershire; however events such as these really helps bring it to the forefront of people’s minds. Raising awareness of what is so often a hidden issue is vital in addressing - and ultimately overcoming – domestic abuse. The simple message is, do not suffer in silence.”

For further information about The Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence please contact Martin Lakeman on 01905 822 357.

To call in confidence about domestic abuse call 0800 980 3331.