More than a fortnight of events and activities to highlight the link between violence against women and human rights, will take place in the borough as the council and partners support ‘16 days of action against gender based violence.’
Domestic violence is the most commonly reported form of violence against women in Tower Hamlets. Police in the borough deal with over 4,000 calls about domestic violence incidents a year - an average of 10 a day.
Tackling domestic violence is a key priority in the borough’s community safety strategy.
Starting on The UN International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25, and ending on Human Rights Day on December 10, the local programme of activity will feature workshops, stalls, training events and presentations run by the council’s Domestic Violence and Hate Crime Team (DVHCT). The team will be visiting Idea Stores, children’s centres, schools and places of worship to raise awareness of gender-based violence.
November 25 also marks White Ribbon Day, part of the White Ribbon campaign which raises the importance of men and boys speaking out against all forms of violence against women.
On the day, the council will have a stall at Roman Road Idea Store, where visitors will be handed white ribbons and be given information and advice and a chance to sign a pledge to help end Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
Police, organisations including Victim Support and community groups are also joining the council to raise awareness.
Mayor John Biggs said: “Domestic violence in all its forms is abhorrent. Tower Hamlets Council is supporting 16 Days of Activism and White Ribbon Day with local partners, to protect women and girls who are victims of abuse and hate crime.
As Safeguarding Month continues, I urge everyone in Tower Hamlets to take responsibility for highlighting abuse wherever it occurs.”
Victim Support and the police will have an outreach stall at the Royal London Hospital on Monday November 27 and free, women only self-defence classes will run until December 11.
Other activities include a workshop on domestic abuse, taking place at Bethnal Green Health Centre from 12.30-3.30pm on Wednesday November 29; and community outreach sessions at Albert Jacob House, 62 Roman Road, Bow on Tuesday November 28 from 10am- 4pm.
The programme also includes coffee mornings and advice about online safety.
Cllr Asma Begum, Cabinet member for community safety said: “We are highlighting our commitment to working with our partners and members of the public to reduce incidences of gender based abuse and violence in Tower Hamlets.”
Show your support by signing the pledge at any of the events, online, or by contacting the domestic violence helpline on 0800 279 5434/0207 364 4986.
To raise a concern or report domestic abuse email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 279 5434/0207 364 4986 from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm. If the issue is life threatening, urgent or serious call the police on 999.