25th November 2014 saw the start of the 16 days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women campaign. This is a worldwide campaign which raises awareness of gender violence. This campaign runs until 10th December 2014, which is known globally as International Human Rights Day. Awareness is raised to show that not only does violence against women need to be stopped, but that it is also an important human rights issue.
25th November is also known as “White Ribbon Day” across the globe. This is a campaign aimed at ensuring violence against women and girls ceases and perpetrators take responsibility for their actions. Members of the community can show their support by wearing a white ribbon.
Solicitors from TV Edwards LLP attended the launch day for the White Ribbon campaign at the Ideas Store in Whitechapel. The launch day included stalls from domestic abuse agencies serving the community.
Members of the public were invited to show their support of the need to eradicate domestic violence by signing a pledge to show that victims of domestic violence should not suffer in silence and that Tower Hamlets should be a safe place for everyone to live. It is the community’s firm message that there is no excuse for domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are, or who have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. This includes violence such as female genital mutilation (FGM), so-called ‘honour’ crimes and forced marriage.
The Tower Hamlets council’s domestic violence team is running the following events which will offer information and support about violence against women and girls:
- Thursday, November 27, 10am-4pm – Mobile Police Office, ASDA Isle of Dogs: White Ribbon Campaign stall.
- Friday, November 28, 9.30am-4pm – Mulberry Place. White Ribbon Campaign stall.
TV Edwards Solicitors provide specialist legal advice on domestic abuse. For those financially eligible there remains legal aid to support victims of domestic abuse For more information and advice from our accredited specialists please click here.