16 Days of Activism & Global Day 2021

The annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

During the recent Church of Ireland General Synod, participants were shown the powerful video below, produced by   ourwatch.org.au  (a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia) as part of a presentation by June Butler, All Ireland President of Mothers’ Union. June explained how, since 2014, the Mothers’ Union has worked to highlight the issues of Domestic Abuse and Gender-Based Violence. In these Covid times, the issue of Domestic Abuse has been termed the “shadow pandemic” by the United Nations.

The Mothers’ Union 16 Days Prayer Diary

Downloadable Resources

Support agencies for victims of domestic violence and/or abuse

Women’s Aid – Are you Affected by Domestic Abuse? Call us on 028 25 632136 www.womens-aid.org.uk

Nexus NI offer services and support to people who have been affected by sexual violence in any form and our services are delivered across Northern Ireland. Call: 028 9032 6803 or 028 7126 0566 www.nexusni.org

The Domestic & Sexual Abuse Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week across Northern Ireland. We provide support, advice, information, and referral to any victims, as well as concerned friends or family and professionals. Call: 0808 802 1414 www.dsahelpline.org

Free travel on bus or rail is available if you have refuge or emergency accommodation through Women’s Aid or the NI Housing Executive. Travel will be by Ulsterbus or NI Railways between stated Translink stations. For more information click the link below. www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/domestic-violence-and-abuse

FLOWS, which stands for Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors, is a legal support service, designed to help protect women against domestic abuse. Call: 0203 745 7707  www.flows.org.uk

Samaritans – Whatever you are going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free  www.samaritans.org

Victim Support NI – ANYONE can become a victim of domestic violence or abuse, regardless of gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. Call: 02890 243133  www.victimsupportni.com/help-for-victims/domestic-violence

The Rowan is the regional Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for Northern Ireland. Freephone helpline: 0800 389 4424  www.therowan.net