16 Days: Together we can end domestic abuse

To mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in 2015, Women’s Aid commissioned a series of 16 blogs from our members, survivors, supporters, and celebrities to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

16 Days is an international awareness-raising campaign aimed at galvanizing action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

From 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day, Women’s Aid released a blog a day, encouraging people to take action and use their influence to help raise the status of women to a level where violence against them is no longer tolerated.

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Day 1: What does it take to eliminate violence against women?

To launch our 16 Days of activism blog series, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Polly Neate marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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Day 2: Virtual world, real fear – are women safe online?

Clare Laxton highlights the impact of online abuse and shares some tips for protecting yourself online.

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Day 3: Take action to end domestic abuse

Actor and new Women’s Aid Ambassador Lucy Gaskell invites you to join her in taking action to end domestic abuse.

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Day 4: Respect and equality, on and off the pitch

Simone Pound, Head of Equality and Diversity at the PFA, shares why they are supporting our Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign.

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Day 5: Strength in number and unity: over 40 years of tackling domestic abuse

Actor and Women’s Aid Ambassador Bill Ward shares how researching for a role opened his eyes to the extraordinary work of our grassroots movement.

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Day 6: Campaigns Champions: speaking out together

Sian Hawkins, Policy and Campaigns Officer for Women’s Aid, shares how your voices are helping us to get decision makers to sit up and listen.

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Day 7: Protection Measures: How to make the family courts safer

Polly Neate, highlights why we need better protection for children and their mothers in the family courts.

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Day 8: Domestic abuse is everyone’s business

The Kering Foundation shares how, through training with Women’s Aid, their employees are becoming advocates for domestic abuse prevention.

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Day 9: Domestic violence – a fundamental issue for sexual and reproductive health services

Dr Justin Varney from Public Health England discusses the role of sexual and reproductive health services in supporting survivors and tackling domestic abuse.

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Day 10: Breaking free

Claire*, an Avon Rep and survivor of domestic abuse, shares her story of breaking free from domestic abuse.

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Day 11: Coercive control: abusive behaviour in teenage relationships

Chlo, a member of the Women’s Aid Young People Advisory Panel and survivor of domestic abuse, shares her story and speaks out about the importance of healthy relationships education.

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Zlakha Ahmed

Day 12: How the world can change

 Zlakha Ahmed, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid member organisation Apna Haq, shares what inspired her to start a specialist domestic abuse service for BME women.

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Day 13: Counting Dead Women

Karen Ingala Smith shares how The Femicide Census will help us to shine a light on the entrenched and systemic nature of violence against women.

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Day 14: Deaf survivors and domestic abuse

Melissa Mostyn speaks out about how domestic abuse affects Deaf survivors and what more we can do to support them.

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Day 15: Look at me

Earlier this year, over 320 million people saw our ground-breaking Look at Me campaign. For Day 15 advertising agency WCRS share how they helped us make this happen.

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Julie Walters

Day 16: Human Rights Day

For the final blog in our series, Women’s Aid patron Julie Walters asks you to join us in calling on the government to protect women’s human rights.

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