Domestic Abuse

Campaigns and Events

16 Days of Action pledge poster

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CURRENT CAMPAIGNS

PRIDE:

18 July 2020

Event details: To which all partners have contributed too with individual messages about Domestic Violence. We will be making a message banner and take part in the parade.

SUPPORT CAMPAIGN

September 2020 and January 2021

Campaign details: Following the main school holidays with an expected increase in self-referrals this will be a campaign to promote the support available during these peak periods.

16 DAYS OF ACTION – including  White Ribbon Day

25 November to 10 December 2020,

Campaign Details: A robust campaign which will focus on different themes and types of support for everyone. White Ribbon day will this year be held on 25th November.

“Our Community against domestic violence” – its inclusive aim is to educate and inform the community about domestic abuse and sexual violence and how to support family, friends and/or community members.

16 Days of Action Pledge

“We will treat people within our organisation with respect and dignity. We will do everything we can to prevent stalking, violence or abuse either in the workplace or that which has an effect on people in the workplace, whether from a colleague, family member or anyone else. This will include having guidance in place which is suitable to the size of our organisation.

The guidance will ensure that an appropriate, safe and sensitive response can be implemented and our employees supported when they raise such an issue.”

Past Campaigns

EURO 2020

12 June to 12 July 2020. Unfortunately, this event is postponed until 2021 

Event details: To be diverse and reach out to a variety of different people highlighting the different types of abuse and the support available on the Island.

ELDER ABUSE DAY

15 June 2020

Campaign details: Ahead of World Elder Awareness Day on Monday 15 June, we are raising awareness to older adult victims of abuse who are also at significant risk during the pandemic.

Safety measures put in place to protect elderly from the virus may be placing them at a greater risk and they are less likely to report it. Isolation, communication and the complex care needs of both the victim and perpetrator are some of the factors that prevent this being reported as well as a fear of upsetting family dynamics.

A campaign to run throughout July promoting services on the Island to support the elderly and vulnerable communities who may be experiencing domestic abuse including a series of weekly press releases and posters.

Isle of Wight Domestic Abuse Forum Conference

9 January 2020, Riverside Centre, Newport

Someone disclosing domestic abuse in a small island community can add even more pressure to an already difficult situation. Close knit communities like the Isle of Wight can provide levels of support that cities often cannot and are therefore both a challenge and an opportunity.

Someone disclosing domestic abuse in a small island community can add even more pressure to an already difficult situation. Close knit communities like the Isle of Wight can provide levels of support that cities often cannot and are therefore both a challenge and an opportunity.

This conference explored these opportunities and looked at some of the key issues surrounding Domestic Violence and Abuse, both locally and nationally.

The main learning objectives for the conference were:  

  • To consider the impact of domestic abuse on a national and local level.
  • To review the domestic abuse services available on the Isle of Wight and what else we need to do.

  • To explore strengthening frontline responses through increased training.

  • To raise awareness of key issues such as elder abuse, child to parent violence and peer on peer sexual violence.

  • To gain an understanding of domestic homicide and the timeline a perpetrator follows and how we can intervene at each stage.

  • To listen to children’s views on domestic abuse and the impact it has on the wider family.

We were incredibly fortunate to have key speakers at the conference including Dr Hannah Bows discussing Elder Abuse, Helen Bonnick talked about the growing issue of adolescent to parent violence and Dr Jane Monckton-Smith who walked us through the stages of homicide and how we can intervene and prevent this at each stage.

16 Days of Action against domestic violence

16th January - 31st  January 2020

Was aimed at businesses that lacked an infrastructure to deal with the large scale problem that is domestic violence.

Wasaimed at businesses that lacked an infrastructure to deal with the large scale problem that is domestic violence.

As it stands, companies can do more to aid their employees who endure domestic violence, train those who witness it and to protect staff as a whole with the goal of securing safety and mitigating financial loss.