16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2019

10 October 2019 Posted by

Safer Cornwall is supporting the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2019, with a focus on local businesses. We are working with Safer Futures(delivered by First  Light  & Barnardos), supported further by local Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services, to deliver awareness and identification training to local businesses.

Why are we doing this?

It is estimated that, in 2017 to 2018, 1.3 million women and 695,000 men experienced domestic abuse and 595,000 women and 150,000 men experienced sexual violence, in England.

On a local level, there were an estimated 21,000 incidents of domestic abuse and 3,000 incidents of sexual violence in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, alone.

Employers have a legal obligation to assess dynamic risk and support the health and safety and wellness of their employees. Companies can do more to support and assist their employees who endure domestic abuse and sexual violence, and to protect staff as a whole, with the goal of securing safety and mitigating financial loss.

How are we doing this?

We are inviting local business to support their community and staff, by signing up to our new campaign; raising awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence in our community and highlighting the local support services available to help. We are also offering guidance and information to assist managers in how to respond to staff, should they disclose domestic abuse or sexual violence at work; putting local businesses at the forefront of the fight to end domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Hair dressers, barbers and nail bars are our targeted businesses, as we want to provide additional provision in an environment that already provides staff and customers with comfortable and relaxing space, where people open up about their personal lives. These types of businesses are also a space that many people visit on their own, without their partner/ex-partner or family members.

We want to help local businesses create a culture where domestic abuse and sexual violence is not a stigmatised issue, but instead a place where people can ask direct questions and identify when someone may be experiencing domestic abuse and/or sexual violence. We will be offering staff basic training and providing businesses with discreet merchandise to display and distribute to staff and customers, with support and referral information.

In addition to the training and the merchandise, we are also offering businesses a Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Employee Policy template, to download and amend specific to individual businesses.

Spanning the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, from 25th November to 10th December, a theme will be identified and promoted each day to explore various forms of domestic abuse and sexual violence. In doing this, the workplace will be better equipped to acknowledge the signs that indicate it may be going on.

A full programme of events locally will be available and promoted through the Safer Cornwall Partnership, including the walk about dates in the 10 Safer Towns:

Truro – Monday 25th November

Camborne & Redruth – Tuesday 26th November

Penzance – Wednesday 27th November

Falmouth – Thursday 28th November

Liskeard – Friday 29th November

Newquay – Tuesday 3rd December

Bodmin – Wednesday 4th December

St Austell – Thursday 5th December

Saltash – Friday 6th December

About the Author

Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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