Some of our team have been out and about recently meeting people at events for the 16 Days of Action. The 16 Days cover the time from “International Human Rights Defenders Day (29 November), World Aids Day (1 December) and the anniversary of the Montreal École Polytechnique Massacre (6 December). This is to highlight the connection between human rights and domestic violence.” There’s a different theme each year and there are always lots of events going on across the city (and around the world!) to highlight the issue of domestic violence. You can find more info about it here.
We’ve been meeting professionals at the Third Sector Safeguarding Meeting, at the 16 Days event at Tech North and at the Bangladeshi Centre to tell them about our work with women and girls experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic abuse.
In some of our girls groups, we’ve been asking what we think of when we talk about a ‘healthy relationship’, they came up with loads of suggestions!
We spoke to some of our women’s groups about the dv support they’d like to see in Leeds if they had a magic wand. Their fantastic suggestions including more outreach work, more advocate support in court, someone to meet you when you leave court after having your children removed due to domestic violence to support you with what comes next and easier & quicker access to mental health services. They also said they’d like mental health service to have crèche facilities as they can’t access them if they have nowhere safe for their children to be!
They also said there should be much more early intervention support with boys and girls in school, to look at how to be in a healthy relationship and respect each other. All fantastic suggestions we think!