We are supporting a national campaign which aims to raise awareness of domestic abuse and change how people think about it.
Domestic abuse is not just physical violence. It can by psychological, emotional, sexual, financial or coercive and controlling behaviour. Anyone can experience domestic abuse.
In Medway, there are a wide range of services tailored to support residents who have experienced domestic abuse. These services offer practical information and advice, emotional support and help to access safe accommodation.
The White Ribbon charity was established to change long established, harmful attitudes around masculinity, which have been shown to contribute to violence against women and girls.
Every year the White Ribbon charity holds an awareness day, White Ribbon Day. This year’s White Ribbon Day is Saturday, 25 November. The charity is calling on individuals and organisations to commit to action and ‘Change the Story’ for women and girls, so that they can live their lives free from the fear of violence.
There is help out there
Cllr Teresa Murray, Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Public Health, said: “Domestic abuse cannot and will not be tolerated in Medway. I am really pleased that we are supporting this campaign once again. This is such an important topic and, although it is unfortunate that we have to, it is imperative that we continue to raise awareness about domestic abuse. Victims can feel isolated and helpless, but it is important that they know there is help out there. I would encourage anyone who is experiencing abuse to reach out for help.”
Find out more about the support on offer in Medway.