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County Hall lights up against gender-based violence

23 November 2021

County Hall will light up orange this Thursday (25 November) as a mark of respect to survivors of domestic abuse in Nottinghamshire. This will take place on White Ribbon Day and at the start of the UN’s 16-day campaign of activism against gender-based violence.

As part of the campaign, the County Council is focusing efforts on initiatives to reduce violence against women and girls:

  • £1.1m Safer Streets funding has been secured to improve the streets in Sutton in Ashfield and South Worksop, making areas safer by improving street lighting and delivering safety awareness training to local communities.
  • £1.5m Domestic Act funding to improve the support services for women fleeing domestic abuse
  • Positive relationship training for children is being extended to help them form GREAT relationships from an early age. Good Relationships are Equal and Trusting Training, which is delivered by Equation, is being increased to enable children and young people to understand their own and family relationships from an early age.
  • Domestic abuse awareness training sessions are taking place for County Council staff to raise awareness about domestic abuse, support pathways and signposting.
  • Promotion of FREE 24 hour helpline 0800 800 0340 delivered by Juno Women’s Aid.
  • Promotion of support services, which are open and available to all survivors to access support when it is safe to do so.

Councillor Boyd Elliott, Chairman of Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “There are things we can do as men to help improve safety for women and girls. We can think about our own attitudes and challenge the behaviours that we see and hear. If we have boys, we can bring them up to respect women and girls as our equals. The main message is to not be a bystander. If you see something happening, do something about it – you could help make a difference.”

Councillor Tracey Taylor, Chairman of Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “When domestic abuse takes place, the ripple effect across the family can be devastating. Our providers do a fantastic job of supporting the whole family network, such as through teen support workers and the family court service. Our new Domestic Abuse Strategy will focus on children and young people as one of its priority areas.”

The Nottinghamshire Domestic Abuse Strategy has been endorsed by Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee and will go to Policy Committee for approval before being shared with the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in January.

There are eight priority areas within the strategy:

  • safe accommodation
  • health
  • community
  • criminal justice
  • high risk survivors
  • children and young people
  • prevention
  • perpetrators.

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