16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

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You may already be aware that we are at the start of the annual, international campaign: 

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence

The campaign starts on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

During this time we are asking that partners join us to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence, via team meeting updates etc.

The 2020 global theme is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”  

The colour orange is a key tool unifying international activities, with buildings and landmarks lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the campaign.

During the 16 days you could wear the colour orange and “orange” physical and virtual spaces including your workplaces, online spaces such as websites, e-signatures, social media accounts, etc. 

Unfortunately we will not be able to hold the annual DIVA walk this Sunday (the first time in 11 years!), the church services also were affected, so I’ve shared a video link to mark this year’s White Ribbon Day

Resources, research and publications

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact across the world; putting our healthcare, economies and daily lives under strain. However the repercussions go well beyond this.  This short film examines the hidden impacts of Covid and the long-term implications for survivors of domestic abuse. 
  • The Government has published the fourth annual progress report on ratifying the Istanbul Convention, signed in 2012.  The main relevant legislation is the Domestic Abuse Bill, which is expected to receive Royal Assent by spring 2021.  The report highlights that the Government are working on options for a new refreshed Tackling Violence against Women and Girls Strategy to be published in 2021 and that Government have committed to launch a £1.5 million support fund for migrant victims.  Read the full report here


Remember we are now into the 16 days of action to end violence against women – and our work needs to continue all year round.

  • How many people can you get to wear a white ribbon – Everyone in your workplace? All your friends?
  • Download – Donate -Display your White Ribbon Promise Poster 

Useful links for domestic abuse advice and information
(Also see the DA pages on the NCC and NT websites)

Women’s Aid Covid-19 safety and support resources 
Includes resources in BSL and 15 different languages

SafeLives advice and information for survivors, professionals and policymakers

Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Where it isn’t safe for a victim to speak on the telephone, Women’s Aid has an instant messaging service which can be accessed via Womens Aid Live Chat

What to do if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but can’t speak (The Silent Solution police system)

Galop National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline provide hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual violence support services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans + victims and survivors by telephone, email, text and WhatsApp.

Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for male victims of domestic abuse.  They offer advice and emotional support to men who experience abuse, and signpost to other vital services that help men keep themselves (and their children) safe.

Respect Phoneline is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for domestic abuse perpetrators and those supporting them.  They support men and women who are using abuse in same-sex or heterosexual relationships.