Live Quays event will help crack violence towards women
VIOLENCE against women and girls will come under the microscope at Gloucester Quays on Thursday as Gloucestershire Police get behind an awareness campaign.
The One Billion Rising event is taking place at Mariners Chapel, between 12pm and 2pm, and aims to highlight the problem of violence towards women and girls.
Gender equality activist Thangam Debbonaire will be talking about her work in preventing violence and protecting survivors. There will also be live music, readings and dance.
On average 12 people are identified as being at high risk of domestic abuse every week in Gloucestershire.
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Strategic County Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Co-ordinator for Gloucestershire Police Faye Kamara said: "We fully support this event and its aims.
"We're also very eager to get across the message that men are often victims too.
"1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be a victim of domestic abuse during their lifetime.
"Here in the county we have great facilities such as the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service and the Sexual Abuse Referral Centre, which both offer key support services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse."
Councillor Kate Haigh, Labour leader on Gloucester City Council and event organiser, said: "Women and men all over the world will be rising to say that we will no longer tolerate violence in our homes, in our relationships and in our lives."
People who think they are in an abusive relationship can call Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service on 0845 602 9035 for advice and information.
Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre is a 'one stop' location for victims of sexual violence where you can receive advice, information and support. They can be contacted on 01452 754390.
Assaults can be reported to police via 999 or 101.
More information about One Billion Rising and events taking place around the world can be found at www.onebillionrising.org.