Yesterday marked the end of 16 days of action to end violence against Women following this year’s White Ribbon Day 2020.
Tragically, during that time, women in Wales have lost their lives to their partners. In fact, across the UK, figures reveal that three women a week were killed by domestic violence during lockdown. Locally, demand for help rose 44% as 366 people got in touch with BCBC’s independent advisory service during the pandemic.
Bridgend and Ogmore’s Labour’s Women’s Forum held an online vigil to mark White Ribbon Day in November, with a two minute silence to remember the women who have lost their lives this year. Sarah Murphy, who organised the vigil, said:
“Although unable to come together on the Senedd steps this year, we held a virtual vigil to highlight that violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence is a blight on our society, and one that we all have a responsibility to end for good. If you or anyone you know is experiencing this, then please reach out because you are not alone. We all deserve to feel safe and live free from fear.”
In January, as a result of the vigil, Bridgend Labour party members will be collecting toiletries to donate to Women’s Refuges in South Wales. For further information please email [email protected]
The ‘Assia Suite’ service based at the Civic Offices in Bridgend provides confidential advice and support on issues ranging from physical, psychological, sexual, emotional and financial abuse, as well as safety planning for victims and their children.
Intended to be a one stop shop, the service caters for people who may be experiencing domestic abuse as well as anyone who is concerned for the wellbeing of a friend or family member. The service is named in honour of Assia Newton, from Pencoed, who was tragically murdered in her home after decades of domestic abuse.
To access the service simply call into the Civic Offices and ask for the ‘Assia Suite’, or ring 01656 815919.