Coventry City Football Club are supporting a campaign in Coventry to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse.
Today through until Thursday 10th December, the 16 Days of Action campaign, led by the City Council, will be raising awareness of Domestic Abuse against men and women in Coventry.
16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence stems from the original movement, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The movement first begun at the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, an event sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership.
Since 1991, 5,167 groups in 187 countries have contributed to promoting and supporting these 16 Days. Large organisations such as the world-renowned Amnesty International and World Health Organisation support and celebrate the 16 Days, as well as far more local, grassroots projects.
Domestic abuse provisions in Coventry, includes Coventry Haven, Valley House, Panahghar and Relate. There is also a programme to jointly support children affected by domestic abuse using a counselling service and their non-abusing parent to help re-establish parental relationships; and a 18-week perpetrator programme, called Choose2Change, to try and stop further abuse in the future.
This is all part of a city-wide domestic abuse strategy running from 2018 to 2023, which was set out to tackle the on-going crime. This has influenced the way the commissioned services have been brought together, and also focuses on preventing honour-based violence and forced marriage.
Spanning across 16 days, the campaign will be identifying a different theme each day to explore the various forms of domestic abuse.
You will also notice that some parts of the city centre will be lit orange (the colour theme for this year), including Broadgate, Godiva and West Orchards to mark this campaign.
Following on from the launch of new Domestic Abuse Services in Coventry, the campaign aims to keep the message that ‘Domestic Abuse is Everybody’s Business’ at the forefront of conversation. We ask you to make it part of your conversations across these 16 days.
On Friday 29th November, people are being encouraged to wear orange! If you’re on social media, add your support by uploading a photo of yourself wearing orange, tweeting or posting on Facebook, with #IWoreOrange to support #16DaysOfAction.
You can visit the 16 Days of Action website for any further information you would like to know about this campaign - https://16daysofaction.co.uk/