Safer Cornwall

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence

Monday November 25th – Tuesday December 10th 2019

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.

Safer Cornwall is supporting the national 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2019, with a focus on how local businesses can help. 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.

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.

We are inviting local businesses 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 (full programme of events under resources on the right).

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.

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.

Further information available from:

Anna MacGregor – Domestic Abuse Coordinator and/or Laura Ball anna.macgregor@cornwall.gov.uk, laura.ball@cornwall.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

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