White Ribbon Day on Wednesday, November 25 and the 16 Days Against Domestic Abuse that follow aims to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women and girls through active community engagement.
Norwich City FC has signed up to the ‘HEAR’ campaign - a countywide pledge run by The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Group in Norfolk, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the police and health organisations - to educate employers about domestic abuse. The campaign asks organisations to pledge their support and make simple changes to policy which will help any employees who might be suffering domestic abuse.
HEAR stands for Help, Educate, Awareness and Respond, which aims to aid those suffering from domestic abuse by helping employees spot the signs of it.
Zoe Ward, Norwich City Football Club’s Business and Project Director, said: “Domestic abuse is occurring every day in our community and the pandemic means that victims are having an even harder time accessing the support they need.
“Employers have a responsibility to create a safe and supportive environment and, by committing to educate and raise awareness amongst our colleagues, we can play our part in tackling domestic abuse together."
Dawn’s New Horizon - a Norfolk-based domestic abuse support charity who we supported with our Covid-19 response by delivering food parcels - is also working hard to raise awareness on White Ribbon Day.
The organisation helps people who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse, providing them with information and support so they can take back control of their lives.
For more information, please visit; https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/campaigns/hear-campaign