End the Fear 2nd Greater Manchester Christmas Campaign

The number of domestic abuse cases reported to Greater Manchester Police and other support agencies peak at certain times of the year. One of the main peaks is during the festive period with the highest number of cases reported to the police on New Year’s Day. Last year police attended more than 1130 incidents of domestic abuse in December. In January 2010 there were almost 1200 cases reported with 119 on New Year’s Day.

To raise awareness of this peak and to encourage victims and perpetrators to seek help, agencies across Greater Manchester are coming together for a second time – this time to support a Christmas campaign.

During the summer, Greater Manchester Police, the ten Greater Manchester local authorities, the Greater Manchester public health network, Greater Manchester domestic abuse helpline and voluntary organisations all came together to work on a campaign to encourage the reporting of domestic abuse during the World Cup. The campaign, called ‘End the fear’ which was launched by Rowetta of Happy Mondays and X Factor fame, was such a success that the organisations have come together again.

For this second campaign we are using the four candles image on a new regional ‘End the Fear’ poster to illustrate the shocking fact that 1 in 4 women during their lifetimes will experience domestic abuse. (Council of Europe, 2002).  To download a copy of the poster click here.

Other statistics show, that on average 2 women a week are killed in the UK by a male partner or former partner: this constitutes around one-third of all female homicide victims.

(Povey, (ed.), 2004, 2005; Home Office, 1999; Department of Health,2005.)

National statistics also show that children are in the same room or an adjoining room during 75%- 90% of domestic abuse attacks. (Hughes, 1992; Abrahams, 1994).

Hence during the Christmas period the ‘End the Fear ‘ campaign will include a focus on young people.

On 25th November, pupils at Newall Green High School will be sharing their views about domestic abuse as part of the launch of a Greater Manchester-wide campaign about the impact of abusive relationships on children and young people. The 25th November is particularly significant as it is the International day to eliminate Gender Violence and also the White ribbon campaign day. This starts 16 days of action and campaigning against domestic abuse across the region.

Further public campaigning activity will occur on the 10th December when a Candle lit vigil will be held in the Peace Garden in Manchester city centre at 5pm to remember those who have been affected by Domestic abuse in our region. Manchester City Council spokesperson on women’s issues will attend the vigil, Councillor Suzanne Richards said:  “Christmas is the time of year when children should be writing their Christmas lists and eating too many sweets. But not for the 750,000 children a year who witness domestic violence, or suffer abuse at the hands of those committing domestic abuse. For some children, the often forgotten victims of domestic abuse, it’s not all fun and games.”

Greater Manchester partnership to campaign to End the fear of Domestic abuse includes:

Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA)
Bolton
Bury
Community Safety Partnership- Partners in Salford
DAWES (Domestic Abuse Women’s Employment service)
Greater Manchester Against Crime (GMAC)
Greater Manchester Public Health Network
Greater Manchester Police
Independent Choices – Women’s domestic abuse Helpline
Oldham
Omega women’s centre, Rochdale
Manchester Domestic abase Partnership
Manchester IDVA service
Manchester NHS
Manchester Rape crisis
Manchester Women’s Aid
Rochdale Safer communities partnership
Rochdale Women’s Welfare
Stockport
Tameside Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership
Trafford
Wigan Building Stronger Communities Partnership