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Hope for people living in fear of domestic violence and abuse

A WHITE Ribbon Day event will be held at Swansea's Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop today - Friday, November 24th.

Politicians, football and rugby stars will be helping celebrate the city's success in helping tackle male violence against women and highlighting the need to prevent abuse occurring and stop it where it is taking place.

The White Ribbon symbolises hope across the world for women and children living in fear of domestic violence and abuse.

Swansea Council and the Swansea Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership are working to spread the message that domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women are unacceptable and support is out there.

The Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop directly opposite the Grand Theatre has had over 6000 visits since it opened 2 years ago. Its Independent Domestic Violence Advisors have supported over 1000 high risk victims.

It will be hosting a day of events to showcase the work done across the city.

Along with visits from the Ospreys and the Swans, there will be stalls with information and resources, activities, therapy taster sessions and workshops.

Support groups such as Swansea Women's Aid, BAWSO, NSPCC, Hafan Cymru, New Pathways and others will be represented.

Swansea Council will also be spreading word of its recently created Domestic Abuse Hub which brings together Swansea Council and its partners in health, police and the third sector to help children and families experiencing domestic abuse or escalating relationship problems.

The Hub provides a whole family approach to ensure children, young people and their families feel safe, and not afraid, now and in the future, by being supported by the right people at the right time, so that they get the help they want and need.

Cllr Will Evans, Swansea Council Cabinet member for Stronger Communities, whose portfolio includes Domestic Abuse, said: "White Ribbon Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on Swansea's strong history of developing services with our partners to prevent domestic abuse before people come to harm and to help survivors move on with their lives.

"It also gives us the chance to highlight how that work must continue to end the damage domestic abuse does to the lives of individuals who experience it or who witness it as children. The social and economic cost to our society and to Swansea is huge."

Cllr Erika Kirchner, Swansea Council's Domestic Abuse Champion, said: "We're delighted that the Swans and Ospreys, who are role models for girls, boys, women and men in Swansea, are backing this campaign

"This is an important issue with far-reaching consequences. There are more than 5500 reported incidents to the police in Swansea every year - that's just the incidents which are reported. We all have a role in refusing to accept and tackling domestic abuse."

The event at the Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop takes place from 10.30am to 3.30pm and there is also an information stall at Tesco Fforestfach and at the Ospreys V Glasgow Warriors Game at The Liberty Stadium on Sunday 26th November 2017.

For further information about Domestic Abuse and help available head to  http://www.swansea.gov.uk/domesticabuse

Swansea Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop - 01792 345750

Live Fear Free Helpline - 0800 80 10 800


 

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