AN international campaign against gender-based violence is being backed by Solihull Borough Council.
Organised by the United Nations and running until December 10, it targets all forms of domestic abuse and highlight the support available.
“We want to make it clear to everyone that despite Covid-19, if you are not safe at home, it is okay to leave,” said Solihull Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Karen Grinsell.
“Advice, information, support and help is available for anyone who feels unsafe in their personal or family relationship and over the next couple of weeks we will highlight the impact of abuse and the support available to all.”
Over the next few weeks the authority plans to highlight the different forms of abuse.
“Abuse is not limited to physical, it comes in many forms, including bulling, intimidation, threats, unwanted sexual activity, physical and online stalking and harassment,” said Coun Grinsell..
“If you are in an emergency situation and it is not safe to speak, you can use the Silent Solution System by calling 999 from a mobile telephone.
“You will hear an automated police message and can press 55 on your handset to be transferred to police call management.”
Anyone concerned that someone is being abused or neglected is asked to raise the issue immediately, and if someone is in imminent danger to call the police on 999.
The council urges that anyone who is scared at home should call the local helpline on 0808 800 0028 or the national helpline on 0808 200 0247 or visit – www.noexcuseforabuse.info.
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The UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that started on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.