Campaigners holding Night Walk to raise awareness on Violence against Women

Posted on November 19, 2010 by

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Southampton Domestic Violence Forum are going to hold a night walk across Southampton next Thursday (the 25th) for White Ribbon Day, the annual international day campaigning against violence against women.

The SVDF (http://www.southampton.gov.uk/living/safersouthampton/keepsafe/dvgroup/default.aspx) is a Council-backed group made up of over 60 representatives from organisations that work in the Southampton area working together to end domestic violence.  They raise awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence and assist anyone who needs help – their website contains more information on their work.

White Ribbon Day is marked across the world as a day of action against domestic violence, and many other cities have seen Night Walks as a symbol of Women ‘reclaiming the night’ from being fearful of attack.  The organisers explain more:

The walk will take in some of the key landmarks and buildings in Southampton with plans for some focal points to keep walkers inspired along the way. We encourage everyone – male and female – to attend and show they will not condone violence against women and girls; the aim is to raise awareness of domestic violence issues in Southampton and show there are services available to support those coming forward to disclose.

The event starts at Holy Rood Church in the city centre from 7pm, where there will be a small opening ceremony before the march starts at around 7.30pm. The walk takes around 1 hour, finishing at the Bargate where the ICE Bus will be handing out refreshments for walkers! For more information visit: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/whiteribbon

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