Doncaster domestic violence victims urged to come forward

Doncaster Council and partner organisations are urging victims of domestic abuse to come forward as the world recognises International Women’s Day.

Doncaster Women’s Aid, as a specialist provider of Domestic Abuse Services in partnership with Doncaster Ethnic Minority Regeneration Partnership will be hosting an event tomorrow (Friday) to mark International Women’s Day.

The event will celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness around forced marriages, honour based violence, equality, health, wellbeing and justice.

The event will take place at Doncaster Ethnic Minority Regeneration Partnership from 10am to 3pm at The Community Centre “Heaven Suite”, 61a Carr House Road, Hyde Park.

International Women’s Day is thought to have been held every year on the 8th March since 1910 to celebrate women’s achievements globally.

It coincides with the on-going work Doncaster Council and its partner organisations are doing to help victims of domestic abuse to feel empowered and supported.

The day will be filled with presentations, activities and displays from local community groups, and all are welcome to attend.

A dedicated awareness campaign lead by Doncaster Council and it partners over recent months has meant that reports of domestic abuse are up, indicating that victims are feeling empowered to come forward and get the help and support they need.

Cllr Joe Blackham, Chair of the Safer Stronger Doncaster Partnership Board said “We want people to understand that domestic abuse at any level is not acceptable. We are pleased to see increasing reports to the police of domestic abuse across the Borough as it has traditionally been under-reported, and if people come forward and either phone the helpline (0800 4701505) or the Police, they can get help quickly. ”

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