Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS), provided by GreenSquare, has joined with organisations, groups and communities in Gloucestershire for 16 days of action against domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Each year Gloucestershire takes part in the international 16 Days of Action, which started last month (25 November) on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.
GDASS is a county-wide service designed to reduce the level of domestic abuse and improve the safety of victims and their families. They have organised and been involved in a range of events to raise awareness of this year's campaign.
They worked with Gloucester City Homes on re-writing their domestic abuse policy, and last week (27 November) ran a popular event with Gloucestershire College talking to 50 teaching staff from across the county about domestic abuse and risk identification.
Heather Downer, deputy manager for GDASS, said: "We are proud to be supporting 16 Days of Action again this year. The campaign is important because it raises awareness and improves understanding of domestic abuse and sexual violence; but it also encourages a collective action from everyone involved.
"We already work closely with organisations and community groups across Gloucestershire to provide vital guidance and training on domestic abuse so this campaign is a great opportunity for us to strengthen those relationships and build new ones. Domestic abuse is a hugely destructive problem and we can only tackle it by working together."
This week (5 December) GDASS provided training alongside the Police at a domestic abuse workshop organised by the Diocese of Gloucestershire.
On Monday 10 December, marking the final day of the 16 Days of Action, GDASS advisors will be attending Gloucester Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as new artwork is unveiled to bring about discussion relating to domestic abuse and violence against women and girls.
It has been created by local artist India Rising and will be unveiled by the current Miss Gloucestershire, Tamsin Grainger.
You can find out more about the 16 Days of Action in Gloucestershire at www.glostakeastand.com and follow what’s happening online at #16DaysOfAction and #SW16days.
GDASS' specialist team work with victims to support them to remain in their own homes, to avoid disruption to them and their children. They support victims to maintain long-term independence, safety and wellbeing by helping them build on their existing strengths and skills, and develop new ones.
Find out more information at www.gdass.org.uk