#16 days of action

We’re pleased to support IDAS’s #16DaysofAction campaign to raise awareness and signpost people to the help they need to end gender-based violence.

Violence against women and girls is a global problem. Despite the rights and protections afforded in the UK, women and girls still feel unsafe in their own homes, public spaces and in their schools and universities. In some areas of the UK, the right to marry who you choose and access to reproductive healthcare are still being fought for and debated.

At Berneslai Homes we are encouraging staff to take part in online training to raise awareness of: coercive control; domestic abuse; and sexual violence. Staff will then be aware of the issues and are able to refer tenants to the right help and advice. If you are experiencing any of these issues then please visit the IDAS website or phone them on 03000 110 110.

IDAS are looking for people to volunteer. Whether you volunteer in their offices or work independently as one of their Champions there are lots of ways to support their great work as a volunteer and make a difference to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. To get involved follow this link.  IDAS would also like to invite people to their ‘Coffee & Cake’ afternoon on Monday 9th December from 2-5pm. You can check out further details here.

The #16DaysofAction campaign takes a stand against gender-based violence and you can check out the shocking facts & figures from across the globe below. We have recently launched our ‘Domestic Abuse Policy’ setting out our stance on domestic abuse and how we can help both tenants and our staff which you can download here.

Facts & Figures

  • 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.
  • Only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care.
  • Almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday.
  • 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • 1 in 2 women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family in 2012; only 1 out of 20 men were killed under similar circumstances.
  • 71% of all human trafficking victims worldwide are women and girls, and three quarters of these women and girls are sexually exploited.
  • Violence against women is as serious a cause of death and incapacity among women of reproductive age as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than traffic accidents and malaria combined.