DOMESTIC ABUSE CHAMPIONS
The Domestic Abuse Champions project was launched in September 2020.
It is funded by DLUCH, (MHCLG) to work in partnership with West Mercia Women’s Aid and Housing.
The aim is to train and support community champions who can provide safe advice, stability and support for victims and survivors within the community.
The purpose is to build resilience and raise awareness of domestic abuse within local communities across South Worcestershire.
During lockdown WCT was unable to recruit champions who were active, face to face, within community groups, so adapted the service to offer CPD accredited training to professional champions who were still in contact with people – mainly in education.
During this period 43 champions were recruited, and 37 champions were trained across South Worcestershire. This resulted in 99 instances of community members obtaining advice and support into professional services.
Since Sept 2021, WCT has received additional funding to recruit and train Domestic Abuse Champions from communities with additional barriers to accessing support.
White Ribbon Campaign
On Thursday 25th November we delivered our Communities Unite: Raising awareness of violence against women and girls event to mark White Ribbon day 2021 and to start our 16 days of community action.
White Ribbon are the leading charity that is ending men’s violence against women by engaging with men and boys to make a stand against violence. Their mission is for all men to fulfil the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. We act as a catalyst, encouraging people, and especially men and boys, to individually and collectively take action and change behaviour.
Community members signing the pledge to end violence against women and girls