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University to Support Annual Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence

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The University of Worcester’s National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) will again be promoting the global ’16 Days of Action’ campaign this year.

The campaign, organised by Women’s Aid and designed to raise awareness of domestic and gender-based violence, runs every year from November 25 – UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women – to December 10, which is World Human Rights Day.

To mark the opening day of this year’s campaign, the NCSPVA – which was officially launched earlier this year – will be hosting three separate events across University sites.

Between 9.30am and 11.30am, the St John’s Campus will play host to a debate on the proposed introduction of the Government’s new Domestic Violence Bill, which has been put forward to address concerns that current legislation fails to effectively address the controlling and coercive behaviours that exist within abusive relationships.

The event will bring together some of the most influential practitioners and thinkers in this area, including the proposer of the bill, the Right Hon. Elfyn Llwyd MP.

The debate will be followed by a short fundraising walk in memory of the late Lynda Bellingham OBE, who opened the NCSPVA and received a University Fellowship in June. Money raised from the walk – which will be around the University Mile – will be donated to a domestic violence service supporting male victims, in line with Lynda’s wishes that funding be put into this important area.

During the afternoon, The Hive library will host two eminent authors who will talk about their latest books.

Renowned feminist, Beatrix Campbell OBE, will discuss her latest title, ‘End of Equality’ between 1.15pm and 2.45pm, while Marie Yates will read from her book ‘Reggie and Me’ between 3pm and 4.30pm. Both events will take place in The Studio at The Hive.

Ruth Jones OBE, Director of the NCSPVA, explains: “The University has supported the 16 Days of Action for several years, and we are very pleased to be welcoming a number of influential guests on the opening day of this year’s campaign.

“All of the events are free and open to the public, so we hope that plenty of people will take the opportunity to engage with what is still, unfortunately, a hugely important issue in our society.”

For further information, or to book your place at any of the events, contact Esther Dobson at e.dobson@worc.ac.uk.