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Domestic abuse service supports campaign to end violence against women and girls

25th November 2022

Sanctuary Supported Living

White Ribbon Day 2022 logo

A domestic abuse service in Plymouth is taking part in the national 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign, which starts with White Ribbon Day on Friday 25 November.

As part of their commitment to provide practical, non-judgemental support, advice and protection for all victims of domestic abuse, the staff at Sanctuary Supported Living’s Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services (PDAS) are getting out in the local community to raise awareness of the importance of the 16 Days of Action campaign, which is supported by Public Health England and aims to encourage discussions around the issues of domestic violence and abuse.

The campaign begins with White Ribbon Day, which falls on the opening week of the FIFA Men’s World Cup this year - ‘the goal’ being to highlight eleven traits that men and boys can nurture to help create a world of equality and safety for women. An estimated 132,300 women and girls currently live in Plymouth, with 107,600 being over 16* years old. Therefore, around 36,000 Plymouth women are likely to have been subjected to at least one form of harassment in the last year (based on the ONS estimate of one in three women).

PDAS will focus on engaging the community at a number of awareness days that are being hosted at local supermarkets across the city:

  • Monday 28 November, Asda, Leypark Drive, 9am-4pm
  • Tuesday 29 November, Asda, Leypark Drive, and Co-op, Ridegway, 9am-4pm
  • Thursday 1 December, Asda, Leypark Drive, and Co-op, Chaddlewood, 9am-4pm
  • Friday 2 December, Asda, Leypark Drive, 9am-4pm

"We’ll be on hand to offer advice whilst raising awareness and opening up conversations about domestic violence and the impact it has."

Katy Fisher, Local Service Manager

Local Service Manager, Katy Fisher, said: “In support of this tremendously important campaign to end violence against women and girls, we’ll be on hand to offer advice whilst raising awareness and opening up conversations about domestic violence, and the impact it has. For anyone in need of support, or if you’re concerned about anyone, please stop by. You are not alone.”

If you would like to support PDAS’ work, please consider ordering an item from its Amazon wish list. Gifts that are purchased will go to individuals and families who have fled domestic abuse, to make their Christmas extra special this year.

For more information about Sanctuary Supported Living’s domestic abuse services, or for links to national domestic abuse organisations, visit our Domestic Abuse support page.

If you, or someone you know, has been affected by domestic abuse, you can also call 101 in a non-emergency, or call the Women’s Aid 24-hour helpline: 0808 200 0247. In an emergency, dial: 999.

*2020 Population estimates, ONS