16 Days of Action 2020 - Raising awareness of domestic abuse and young people

Each year Gloucestershire participates in the International 16 days of action against gender-based violence; starting on the 25th November (International day for the elimination of violence against women) and ending on 10th December (Human rights day).

For 2020, Gloucestershire will be raising awareness of domestic abuse amongst young people and child to parent violence.

Key themes and messages:

  • Young people experience abuse in their own relationships and there is support available locally.
  • What is a healthy relationship? Helping young people identify the signs and seek support
  • How to help a friend who might be experiencing abuse in their teenage relationship
  • How parents can identify the signs and what they can do to support their young person
  • What is child to parent violence and where to seek support.
  • The role of professionals in identifying and responding to teenage relationship abuse and child to parent violence.

Social Media:
A social media asset pack will be circulated to all agencies asking them to share messages and images on their own social media platforms to increase our reach across the county.

We will also arrange targeted social media advertising so we reach young people and let them know how they can identify abuse in their own relationships and where they can seek support.

Please look out for these social media messages on:

GlosTakeAStand Twitter.

GlosTakeAStand Facebook

Training for professionals:

To support professionals being able to identify and respond to abuse in teenage relationships and child to parent violence, hour long sessions will be run to give professionals some information and guidance.

Event 1: Domestic Abuse in Teenage Relationships: Led by Young Persons Violence Advocate Lisa Woodward (GDASS) and Rebecca Twydell, Service Manager for STREET Gloucestershire

Date: Monday 7th December

  • Understanding young people’s experiences of domestic abuse and risk factors
  • Guidance on completing the Young Persons DASH and safety planning 
  •  Information on available services & making a referral (including the MARAC process).

Event 2: Child to Parent Violence: Lead by Michelle John, Director of  PEGS - Parental Education Growth Support

Date: Wednesday 9th December

Understanding Child to Parent violence and its prevalence

  • Why Child to Parent violence occurs and what the risk factors are
  • How to identify Child to Parent Violence
  • What PEGS offer to support parents

Public Engagement:

Due to the second national lockdown, the 16 days of action will also raise awareness of DA in general and encourage people to come forward and seek support. To support this, the police engagement vehicles will station themselves in each district throughout the 16 days to enable people to seek advice face to face.

The NEV/CEV will be at the following locations:

Wednesday 25th November: Cotswolds: Tesco Cirencester

Saturday 28th November: Tewkesbury: Morrisons, Tewkesbury

Wednesday 2nd December: Cheltenham: Tesco Cheltenham

Thursday 3rd December: Gloucester: Tesco St Oswald’s Retail Park, Gloucester

Thursday 10th December: Stroud: Waitrose Stroud

Wednesday 16th December: Forest of Dean: Co-op Coleford

Get Involved:

If you want to get involved in the 16 days of action and run your own awareness activity please Contact The County DASV Strategic Coordinator: glostakeastand@Gloucestershire.pnn.police.uk

Resources:
A range of resources have been developed and can be accessed here: http://www.glostakeastand.com/2020/11/06/16-days-of-action-2020/

These resources include:

  • Factsheet for professionals on teenage relationship abuse
  • Guidance on identifying and responding to teenage relationship abuse
  • Young people DA risk assessment and guide (YP DASH)
  • Teen safety planning guide
  • Helping a friend poster
  • Parents advice leaflet
  • Pegs child to parent abuse booklet and leaflet

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