16 Days of Activism

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The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

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Date in Diary - 16 Days Activism

Get the Dates in Your Diary

25 November: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 Nov – 10 Dec: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
10 December: Human Rights Day

Take Part in our Online Open Days

As part of these initiatives, Freeva will be introducing their new virtual open days and meet the team experience days for professionals and community services that are looking to find out more about how Freeva is working to assist victims of abuse and, in particular, help eliminate violence against women. The first open day will take place on the 25th November 2021 – between 2.00pm and 4pm.

Whether you are a professional who comes across domestic and or sexual violence/abuse within your work or new to your role this event will be an opportunity to find out more about the range of services available.  You will also be able to meet some of the team, ask questions and meet other professionals working across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We have planned this event on international day of violence against women and girls as our commitment to raise awareness of the support available so that we can all work towards the elimination of violence against women.

This is the first series of events we will be holding once a quarter and will be appealing to everyone who shares the concern ‘that more needs to be done’ to help create awareness, action, accountability, and ensure this takes place all year round.

Agenda

  • 2pm – opening and overview
  • 2.10pm: Overview of Helpline Service
  • 2.25pm: Overview of Sexual Violence and Abuse Services
  • 2.40pm: Overview of Counselling Services
  • 2.55pm:  Q & A: Victim Services
  • 3.05pm: Perpetrator Services: DVPP
  • 3.20pm: Partner Support Services
  • 3.35pm Young People’s Project
  • 3.50: Q & A: Perpetrator/YPP Services
  • 4pm Closing remarks

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Help us spread the message about 16 Days of Activism and the importance of eliminating Gender-based violence by following our social media accounts and reposting our content.  We urgently need to reach the widest possible audience and alert them to the importance of this time and what they can do to help.

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Memorise the 10 signs of Domestic Abuse

Extensive research has revealed that there are a consistent number of indicators that may suggest that a person is actively or may soon engage in acts of Domestic Abuse. Please take a look at the list below and memorise the points so that you can recognise the signs, either for yourself or where others may be victims.

It’s important to understand the signs of domestic violence so that you can take action to help yourself or a loved one. Here are 10 of the most common indications that a relationship is abusive:
1. Physical abuse: Any use of force or physical harm.
2. Mental or emotional abuse: A regular pattern of verbal offense, threatening, bullying and constant criticism, as well as more subtle tactics like intimidation, shaming and manipulation.
3. Controlling money: Your partner should not have financial secrets, keep money from you or control how you spend your money.
4. Checking phone, email or social media without your permission: Looking through your email, phone or internet history without your knowledge or permission.
5. Isolation/keeping you from seeing friends or loved ones.
6. Cruelty to animals or children: Violent behavior toward animals or children.
7. Threats or intimidation: This may include your partner breaking things on purpose that are sentimental or valuable to you.
8. Threats of suicide: Using threats of suicide as a way to control a partner and/or keep them from leaving.
9. Drug or alcohol abuse: This can lead to other abusive behaviors. One partner insisting the other drink or take drugs is also a form of abuse.
10. Extreme jealousy or possessiveness: Calling or checking up on you excessively or insisting on knowing where you are at every moment. This also includes possessive behavior, such as criticizing or dictating what you wear.
These behaviors are not acceptable in any relationship. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these signs of abuse, tell a trusted friend immediately and talk with a health professional or contact a local domestic violence awareness group.

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Tell a Friend about 16 Days of Activism

Help Spread the word – it’s as simple as telling a friend and then asking them to do the same.  If every person told just three people who then told three people it wouldn’t be long before everyone in the UK new the importance of these 16 days of activism that happen every year.  

Help Fund Freeva to Eliminate Domestic Abuse

Freeva is based in Leicestershire and is a registered charity dedicated to supporting the victims of Domestic Violence and initiate actions to reduce the prevalence of this issue. to do this, we rely heavily on donations to fund our work which can be lifesaving for many people. To support us, please visit our online donation page.

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Join our Next Online Open Day:

Click the link to sign up through Eventbrite or use the form below to find out more.  We really hope that you can join us and eliminate gender-based violence.

Join Us at Our Freeva Online Open House

25th November 2021, 2pm - 4pm. Please complete the form below.

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      ABOUT FREEVA

      We are a registered charity working towards reducing domestic violence, rape and sexual assault in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland. Our vision is to aspire to live in a society where everyone is free from violence and abuse. We do this by:

      - Empowering and supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence/abuse
      - Challenging abusive behaviours and supporting perpetrators that wish to change.
      - Breaking the cycle of violence and abuse
      - Building cohesive families and communities

      Our priority is to provide high quality effective support to victims and perpetrators irrespective of their backgrounds.

      We work closely with other agencies to ensure the right support is in place for you. Freeva are part of the United Against Violence & Abuse (UAVA) consortium - www.uava.org.uk and some of our services are jointly delivered with Living without Abuse (LWA) and Women’s Aid Leicestershire Limited (WALL).

      VALUES

      Our values are based on six main principles. We believe:

      That everyone has the right to be free and safe from violence and abuse
      That relationships should be built on respect and equality
      That education ensures a better future
      That with support people have the capacity to change
      In working with integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, transparency and within accountability
      In creating sustainable change