SAFE a key partner in new Leicestershire anti-domestic violence campaign
"The more we can do to encourage victims to come forward earlier, the more we can do to help them break out of this vicious cycle."
Sandra Green (pictured with Sir Clive Loader)
A new campaign designed to help victims of domestic violence get help and support has been launched in Leicester, coinciding with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The launch was marked by the planting of two trees in Castle Gardens on 25 November to represent the two women that die each year in Leicester at the hands of a violent partner. The campaign, called “How Many Times”, was created with survivors of violence and responds to national research that shows people may experience 36 incidents of abuse before seeking help.
The Leicestershire Police Commissioner, Sir Clive Loader, and the Mayor of Leicester, Sir Peter Soulsby, were joined by Sandra Green, manager of SAFE, the domestic violence support service in Leicester, and representatives from other agencies across Leicestershire and Rutland for the ceremony. SAFE is run by Enable, the care and support arm of emh group.
The campaign features a specially commissioned film shot with two different endings, one tragic and one telling how friends and family can encourage victims to seek help. The two versions are designed to challenge viewers into thinking about the different scenarios and what they would do in the same situation.
The films are available at www.leicester.gov.uk/howmanytimes
Sandra Green said: “We help around 2500 women and men a year in Leicester, so there is clearly a need for our services. The more we can do to encourage victims to come forward earlier, the more we can do to help them break out of this vicious cycle.”