Did you know that 20% of employed women take time off work each year (and 2% even lose their jobs) as a direct result of domestic abuse?
Those who live, work and visit Elmbridge are invited to attend a free domestic abuse awareness event hosted by the Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership. The event aims to shine a light on the impact of domestic abuse on those who suffer it, to highlight the services available in Surrey to help victims of domestic abuse and to provide a forum for the community to come together and pledge to do all it can to stop it.
Taking place on Tuesday, November 28, from 12pm to 2pm, the event will be held at Elmbridge Borough Council’s office in Esher. We encourage as many people as possible to join us for this important community event. If you would like to attend, please register online.
Councillor Mary Marshall, Portfolio holder for Community and Corporate Development says, “Reducing domestic abuse is a key priority for the Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership as well as Surrey Police. Many victims of domestic abuse see the workplace as a safe haven that helps them to keep some sense of normality whilst dealing with such a difficult issue. However, some victims can still be targeted in their place of work and it’s well known that they may hide their reality from colleagues and employers as they can often feel ashamed or worried that they may be seen as a problem.”
Domestic abuse is one of the most corrosive, hidden and prevalent issues within our society but the good news is that each year more and more victims come forward to report abuse. However, the not so good news is that we still don’t know the full extent of domestic abuse within Surrey.
The free event aims to:
Demonstrate the impact of domestic abuse through a dramatisation of ‘Behind Closed Doors’ production by AlterEgo
Remove myths and stereotypes that exist around victims of abuse
Raise awareness of the services available in Surrey and Elmbridge for victims, perpetrators and survivors of domestic abuse
Create a community voice in making a pledge against domestic abuse
Promote the white ribbon campaign
Highlight the work of the Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership
If you are unable to make the event, information on how to get help can be found on the Surrey Against Domestic abuse website.
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