Between 25 November and 10 December 2020, there are 16 days of action against domestic violence and emotional abuse, each day examining a theme of domestic violence to raise awareness.
This period seeks to ensure both the general public and workplaces are aware of the signs of domestic violence and how they can best offer support to victims.
Since 1991, 187 countries have supported the 16 Days, made up of approximately 5,167 groups. Organisations such as Amnesty International and World Health Organisation, alongside much smaller organisations, support the movement.
Domestic violence is a violation of human rights and can create poor mental health, including feelings of low self esteem and suicide in its victims.
The 16 days were deliberately chosen as they bridge across other crucial dates such as World Aids Day on 1 December and International Human Rights Defenders Day on 29 November. Highlighting links between human rights and domestic abuse is core to the 16 days movement.
Let’s remember, domestic violence is not something just endured by women. A staggering 16 per cent of men are affected by domestic violence too.
If you’re an employee, why not ask your employer to sign the Public Health Responsibility Deal pledge . This demonstrates a willingness to be part of a drive for societal change.
If you need support and are in an abusive relationship, call 0300 1020 505 between 9am and midnight, 7 days a week.