That's the question that GDASS staff will be asking this week at a number of events across Gloucestershire, when they join Gloucestershire Police and other partners to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
To coincide with this year’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) awareness week (Monday 23 November until Friday 27 November), events will be taking place throughout the county, aimed at professionals who are regularly required to deal with instances of domestic abuse and sexual violence. GDASS will have a stand at the events to talk to attendees about the support the service they can provide and to help people recognise how to spot abuse.
DASV awareness week is being supported by GDASS, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire Police & Crime Commissioner, Gloucestershire County Council, and the Hollie Gazzard Trust.
Sally Morrissey, GDASS Support Services Manager, said: "We are proud to stand alongside our partners to help people understand and recognise the various forms of abuse, encourage them to take action, and inform them about the services that are available in the county that can help. The question 'can you put yourself in the victim's shoes?' really encourages people to think and, importantly, to empathise with the victim to be able to best identify the type of support they might need.”
A number of events will include performances of 'Behind Closed Doors', which is a specially commissioned theatrical production designed to explore, in very powerful ways, the reality of abusive relationships. The production will be followed by a discussion session, which will offer the audience the chance to ask questions of the actors and other professionals.
Faye Kamara, County DASV co-ordinator said: "The aim of the sessions is to increase the knowledge, understanding, and empathy of domestic abuse and sexual violence. We also hope that it will allow professionals taking part to experience in a unique way how victims have to endure and overcome this.
"DASV is a complicated and extremely sensitive issue that affects us all and it is everyone's responsibility to identify it. By encouraging our staff and partners to discuss this issue in a candid and challenging way, we hope that it will help the victims of this type of crime to seek help and support and to move on with their lives."
For more information and to find out where the events are taking place, visit http://www.glostakeastand.com/dasv/
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