16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence stems from the original movement, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The movement was first begun at the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, an event sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership.
Each organisation approaches the 16 Days differently, some, such as the World Health Organisation, promote facts and information regarding domestic violence in order to educate the public on an under-reported and misunderstood violation of human rights.
Did you know…
- 68% of people who endure domestic violence suffer clinical depression and 1/3 of these people present with PTSD.
- 1 in 6 men endure domestic violence, yet the public don’t recognise men as possible victims.
- More than 125 million girls/women alive today have been cut 29 countries in African and the Middle East.
- Over 500,000 elderly in the UK endure elder violence, normally perpetrated by people in positions of trust.
- 90% of kids are in the same room, or next door to the violence in their home. This causes myriad issues for the child.
To find out more visit: 16daysofaction.co.uk
If you are suffering or know someone who you suspect is suffering from domestic abuse, for support visit: gov.uk/domestic-abuse
If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.