Campaign – Independent Choices – awareness about domestic abuse during the global 16 days of activism

Independent Choices Greater Manchester is urging all political and faith leaders, as well as members of the public, to raise awareness about domestic abuse during the global 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which starts on Wednesday 25th November – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – and ends on Human Rights Day on Thursday 10th December.

Independent Choices will be sharing 16 short and powerful videos across their social media platforms, which have been contributed by local multi-faith and other leaders and influencers such as the Lord Bishop of Manchester and the Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, to focus the region’s attention on the prevalence of domestic abuse and the help available to victims.

Farheen Anwar, Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline Coordinator, said:

“The United Nations tells us that one in three women in the world experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner, and that since the outbreak of COVID-19 domestic violence has intensified.

Over two women a week are murdered in the UK by their partner, ex-partner or family member. However, since the coronavirus pandemic, homicides have increased and the number of domestic violence complaints has doubled.

Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation and more action is needed to help eradicate it and to support victims.

We are therefore using the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence to highlight domestic abuse across Greater Manchester by running a social media video campaign, supported by prominent faith, political, and other local leaders and influencers. The videos explain what domestic abuse looks like and what help is available to support victims.

On the final day of the campaign we will be holding a virtual Candlelight Vigil in memory of the murdered women and would urge other organisations and leaders across Greater Manchester to join us in changing their social media profile pictures on 10th December”.

Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline hears heart-breaking stories every day of women feeling trapped in abusive relationships, so it’s vitally important that people understand the early signs of domestic abuse and get confidential help and advice as soon as possible.

You don’t need to be the victim of domestic abuse to get help either. If you’re a friend, family member or neighbour who’s concerned about someone, you can still call the Helpline in confidence to talk through your worries and to get tips and advice to support your friend or relative. You could make the difference that saves a woman’s life.

Call Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0161 636 7525 or email us at [email protected]