Partners stand together against gender-based violence

Northampton Community Safety Partnership are working together during 16 Days of Activism (25 November to 10 December) to make a stand against gender-based based violence.

For the second year running, the partnership will promote the “Don’t let violence shatter your Christmas” campaign to raise awareness of local support services ahead of the festive period, when instances of domestic violence and sexual violence can increase.

During the 16 days, the Community Safety Partnership will be distributing leaflets, posters and information baubles in venues, work places and retailers across the town centre. Businesses and taxi drivers will also be asked to place stickers in their windows, in support of the campaign.

In addition, the partnership will be holding several pop-up support surgeries, where agencies such as Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service, Eve, Voice, Serenity and Northamptonshire Rape Crisis will be on hand to provide advice and guidance. Private rooms will also be available for anyone who wishes to speak to someone in confidence.

Surgeries confirmed are as follows:

Monday 25 November: Barclaycard, 10.00 to 14.00             

Tuesday 26 November: Northampton College, Booth Lane, 12.15 to 13.30

Wednesday 27 November: Northampton County Council, 12.00 to 14.00

Thursday 28 November: Northampton Borough Council, 11.00 to 14.00

Friday 29 November: Metro Bank, 12.00 to 14.00

Monday 2 December: Northampton University, 10.00 to 12.00

Tuesday 3 December: Northampton College (The Mounts), 12.00 to 14.00

Wednesday 4 December: Northampton University, 10.00 to 14.00

Thursday 5 December: Weston Favell Shopping Centre, 10.00 to 14.00

Friday 6 December: Northampton General Hospital (TBC), 10.00 to 14.00

The Community Safety Partnership will also be supporting Northamptonshire Police’s #CutitoutNorthants campaign which aims to educate hairdressers to spot the signs of domestic and sexual violence. This campaign is due to launch at an event on Monday 25 November.

A spokesperson from Northampton Borough Council said: “16 Days is an important international movement which we are proud to be supporting in Northampton for the third year running.

Our campaign “Don’t let violence shatter your Christmas” helps to not only identify abusive behaviours but also the many agencies that can help in in all manner of situations.

Utilising various venues that people use regularly, we aim to reach out to both men and women again this year, ensuring that they know that support is available if they need it.

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