16 Days of Action

Chief Executive Phil Norrey signing the White Ribbon pledge

Posted on: 28 November 2017

This weekend marks the start of 16 Days of Action.  16 days to raise awareness of the domestic and sexual violence and abuse (DSVA).

There are a number of planned local events in the county to highlight the campaign.

It’s a fact that domestic and sexual violence and abuse can affect anyone, men and women, young and old. But reports of DSVA show that most (but not all) victims are female, and in most cases (but not all), perpetrators are male.

While recognising that such violence can happen to anyone, 16 Days of Action seeks to focus on domestic and sexual violence and abuse against women and girls. It’s a global campaign linking to the United Nation’s International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and International Human Rights Day.

Members of Devon County Council’s Leadership Group, its Chief Executive and senior officers, have individually signed a pledge. The White Ribbon pledge. The pledge asks of those who support it to ‘Never excuse, commit or remain silent about male violence against women.’

DSVA is a priority for the Safer Devon Partnership, of which the Council is a member; the Devon Children’s and Families Partnership and Devon’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

An ambition of the Safer Devon Partnership is that ‘Gender equality is promoted, and boys and men are engaged in the challenge to end DSVA’. All members of the partnership believe that to end violence against women and girls, it’s really important to openly and actively engage men and boys in the discussion.

Violence against women and girls isn’t just about domestic violence. It includes rape and abuse outside of intimate relationships, plus forced marriage, FGM, ‘honour’-based violence, trafficking, forced prostitution, and more.

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, but some people – particularly women – are more likely to be victims.

That’s why we’re signing the pledge. That’s why we’re making it a priority in Devon to end DSVA.

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