Newham council supports 16 days of action campaign

25 November 2014 in Community safety and Events
A campaign to end violence against women gets underway this week as part of the annual 16 Days of Action.
The campaign starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

The campaign hopes to raise awareness around gender-based violence such as domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault, stalking, forced marriage and human trafficking and what can be done to prevent it from happening.

Newham Council has joined forces with an array of partner organisations across the borough to support this campaign.

The need for that support is evidenced by the fact that domestic violence is an issue that affects approximately one in four women in the UK and almost 6,000 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to police in Newham in the last year.

An event will be held in East Ham Customer Service Centre on 27 November where residents and professionals can find out more about domestic and sexual violence, its impact on victims and what organisations across Newham are doing to end violence against women.

The event will feature activities throughout the day and will also include the real story of Ayesha, a victim of domestic violence living in the borough and a performance of ‘Little Stitches’ from the BAREtruth Theatre Company.

Speakers at the event will include the Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales and Councillor Ellie Robinson who will talk about the challenge that we face to change perceptions  around violence against women and the range of services and support the council funds.

Councillor Ellie Robinson, cabinet member for oneSource and building communities, said: “I am proud that we are supporting a number of events across  the borough as part of the 16 Days of Action campaign. Violence against women is totally unacceptable and a blatant violation of human rights. The council is committed to supporting women and children who experience violence and we believe that we all have a joint responsibility to reduce repeat incidences of violence and ensure those who commit these acts are held to account.”

Those requiring support or wanting to find out more information about services in the borough can contact the council’s One Stop Shop.

The 24-hour service provides a range of support including a referral line, confidential advice and advocacy, empowerment groups, counselling, legal and housing advice, support to report to the police, a specialist service for sex workers and a Female Genital Mutilation prevention service. The One Stop Shop is open to the public for drop in support Monday - Friday between 9am - 6pm and 8pm on a Thursday.