November 2014


Employees at HSBC Leicester are supporting  FreeVA 


The teams in the HSBC Business Banking Support Centre in De Montfort St. have raised over £830.00 by organising an in-house casual dress day and samosa sale for a charity called FREE-VA, which is based in Leicester. The charity work towards reducing domestic violence, rape and sexual assault and they are committed to offering a transparent, reliable and user friendly service for victims/survivors, perpetrators and professionals.


 HSBC have also gathered donations for the victims such as clothing and toiletries and the teams are focussed on continuing to help to support their local community and the charity by organising future events to help raise funds for FREE-VA.


 HSBC's quote:


At HSBC we are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate.


We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to make a difference locally through the FREE-VA charity, with events organised and sponsored by our teams such as volunteer days". Steve Box, European Head of Trade and Receivables Finance - HSBC PLC


 Free-VA's quote:


"FeeVA are really pleased with the support HSBC are providing to the Charity.  FreeVA  provides support to anyone who have been, or may be, affected by domestic violence/abuse, rape and/or sexual assault. This includes working with adults and children/young persons who have been victims of domestic/sexual violence/abuse, and perpetrators of domestic violence.   As a charity we rely on vital funds to ensure we can operate and we are currently very dependent on contracts which places us in a risky position.  The partnership we have with HSBC will enable us to consider sustainability and new ways of working.  Also employees at HSBC are offering their support in volunteering for the Charity, fundraising and raising awareness of issues that affect many people. In committing to corporate social responsibility, HSBC are demonstrating their commitment to the communities they operate in and developing this association with FreeVA will encourage this further."  SUKI KAUR, Chief Executive, FreeVA



‘How Many Times?’

 New campaign supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence

Campaign Outline

A new campaign designed to encourage victims of domestic and sexual violence to get help and support is being launched in Leicester on 25 November, to coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The campaign, called ‘How Many Times’, has been created with survivors of violence and responds to national research that shows people may experience 36 incidents of abuse before seeking help.

It is hoped the campaign will increase awareness of specialist helplines and support services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland:

Domestic violence 0300 123 0918

Sexual violence 0300 333 6533

Domestic violence (Rutland residents) 0300 365 0112

Domestic Violence (County) 0300 303 1844

The launch of the campaign will be marked by the planting of two trees in Castle Gardens on 25 November to represent the two women die each year in Leicester at the hands of a violent partner (nationally this figure is two women a week). Representatives from agencies across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland will sign a pledge at the event to show their commitment to ending sexual and domestic violence. Specially-commissioned films, featuring Leicester-born actress Nita Mistry, will be released Wednesday 26 November from the campaign website. The films have different endings, illustrating the role of friends and families in stopping abuse.

People in Leicester are being encouraged to support the campaign and to train to spot signs of abuse and support people get help. More information on training as a ‘community champion’ will be published online from Thursday 27 November. 

For more information on the campaign and how to get involved please visit (active from Monday 24th November)

 For regular updates, please follow the campaign on Twitter @_HowManyTimes and use the hashtags #howmanytimes for the campaign and #MichellesStory for the film.

 If you would like copies of the campaign posters or to find out more about the Community Champions initiative please contact the Community Safety Team on 0116 454 4140.

October 2014


Safeguarding and Promoting Wellbeing Conference - Held at De Montfort University, Tuesday November 4th 2014 | 9.30am - 4.45pm


Safeguarding and promoting well-being in the context of sexual violence and domestic violence. A unique (free) event bringing together practitioners, students and academics across disciplines to develop local knowledge and skills. This conference is jointly hosted by the De Montfort University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and the Faculty of Business and Law, Hugh Aston. Registration - please see the draft programme and further details, aims and the timetable for the event by clicking here. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Please indicate your workshop preferences as soon as possible to Katie Scott at Katie Scott will email you to confirm your choice. 

Travel and Campus Map  Car Parking - There is no car parking facility at De Montfort University. The nearest car park (marked on the map by the letter “A “ ) is situated literally 2 minutes away from Hugh Aston.  It is the NCP car park on Newarke Street. Rail / Bus - The nearest rail station is Leicester Railway, about 5 minutes by taxi at £5 approximately, or about a 20 minute walk from the station. St Margaret’s Bus Station - The bus station is only a 15 minute walk from Hugh Aston, once again please see the map for more details.

Disclaimer - Please note that DMU will not be able to operate a cloakroom. It will be your responsibility to carry all coats and bags with you at all times - DMU are not responsible for your belongings.

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September 2014

Leicester City Council funds the following specialist sexual violence services

  • A Helpline, Outreach and ISVA service, delivered by FreeVA
  • A Therapeutic and Counselling service delivered by Leicester Rape Crisis in conjunction with First Step and Quetzal

A part of thier monitoring of these services, they want to hear your views on them as partners/stakeholders/referring agencies. They have developed a short survey that should only take 5-10 minutes to complete as a way to do this. Please note that the survey will be live from 1st September to 30th September 2014.

 Please mark the answer that most reflects your views at this time. They would also like to receive more detailed comments if you have the time, and so there is a general comment box at the end.

They  will use your responses in thier  monitoring feedback to the services, and more generally to help shape any services they may commission in the future. Information will be anonymous and will be treated confidentially. This does mean that we will not be able to take action relating to specific cases (if you mention them), unless you give us appropriate contact details.

June 2014

Leicester City Council/Value First & The Campaign Company

Invitation – we want to hear from your experiences of trying to seek help when suffering from domestic violence or sexual violence

Research into the reporting of domestic violence and sexual violence in Leicester City

At Leicester City Council, we are attempting to tackle the significant problem of under-reporting of domestic violence and sexual violence in the city. To do this we are running a ‘changing culture’ campaign which aims to encourage and support victims of domestic and sexual violence to come forward and report the abuse. The campaign is funded from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicestershire.

For us to be able to develop an effective campaign, we believe that we need to hear directly from those people who have gone through the help seeking process to understand how and why you came to that point. We hope that by doing so we can develop a campaign that seeks to break down those barriers and support victims better.

If you have experienced domestic or sexual violence and sought help in the last year, we would love to hear from you. We have employed a specialist independent research company, The Campaign Company, to carry out the research on our behalf. The interviews will be conducted face to face by female researchers and will last no longer than 45 minutes.

They are taking place on 23rd July at the LGBT centre, 15 Wellington Street, Leicester, LE1 6HH. Alternatively the interview can be conducted at either your own home or at a location you feel comfortable in.

It’ll be a chance to get your opinions heard and be part of this ground breaking campaign to change the culture surrounding domestic and sexual violence. To say thank you we’ll be giving £20 shopping vouchers to anyone that takes part.

If you're interested in being involved please call Rupinder Rainer at the Council on 0116 454 4173 or who can book you in for an interview.

January 2014

Male Sexual Abuse Campaign

A new campaign has recently started in order to raise awareness among male survivors of sexual abuse, below is a link to the Leicester Mercury article.

A copy of the campaigns poster and postcard are available within the resources section.


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