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No to Violence Against Women

White Ribbon Day Wed 25 Nov - say 'No' to violence against women.  

Domestic abuse is an issue that affects millions across the country. In 2019 alone, an estimated 5.7% of the national population had experienced some form of abuse, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

In rural regions, the effects of this abuse are often even more severe. The National Rural Crime Network has found that domestic abuse lasts 25% longer in the most rural areas, with social isolation and a lack of adequate support services making it difficult for victims to escape or find refuge.

Those suffering in rural areas are also half as likely to report their abuse to others, live in communities that are noticeably more protective of perpetrators, and are generally more reluctant to leave their situation because they may have animals to care for or possess skills that make it difficult to find alternative employment.

To help raise awareness of the domestic abuse issues in our own county, Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) is teaming up with Mothersí Union Diocese of Derby for White Ribbon Day, a national event which aims to eradicate male violence against women.

On Wednesday 25 November, RAD will support Mothersí Union in the delivery of a special church service which will welcome representatives from key organisations across the region, including the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Derbyshire Police. Hosted on Zoom, the service will include a welcome from Bishop Libby, organ music from Dr Stephen Oxley and prayers led by RADís Rural Chaplain, Revíd Alan Griggs. The service is being streamed live at 10.00 am. To receive the link to be able to join the service, email Emily Brailsford, e.brailsford@ruralactionderbyshire

Founded in February, the Willow Project delivers training events for volunteer Champions, giving them the knowledge and confidence to spot signs of abuse, work within their local communities to challenge attitudes which perpetuate the issue, and refer victims to vital support services.

Emily Brailsford is project lead for RADís Willow Project which aims to increase peopleís understanding of the different challenges faced by rural victims of domestic abuse.​

Emily highlights the importance of volunteers for helping victims across the county, saying, "Willow Project Champions make such a difference to our work. Itís vital that we raise awareness around the different challenges faced by victims of domestic abuse in rural areas and our champions will help to do this.Ē

After completing the online training, these Champions will receive a certificate and invitations to online networking events, ensuring they have all the necessary support to help eradicate this urgent problem.

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