The White Ribbon Campaign #iflovehurts
The 25th of November 2018 to the 10th of December 2018 saw the annual 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
The Council's Complex Case Team assist individuals with various support needs including domestic abuse, mental health, substance misuse and housing matters. Holly Sheffield, the Domestic Abuse Case Worker reached out to various Ashfield residents over the campaign period and this is what happened…
As part of Ashfield District Council’s efforts to support the campaign, we used social media to demystify the barriers that individuals face when considering getting help. Different messages were posted on each day to address potential barriers for seeking support.
In addition to the social media campaign, we also attended several venues to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the support available. At Idlewells Shopping Centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield members of the community were delighted to see us raising awareness of domestic abuse. Residents were keen share their own experiences of abusive relationships and were grateful for someone to listen. At Vision West Nottinghamshire College, learners were keen to increase their knowledge and awareness in this area, the team provided an overview of the signs and symptoms of domestic abuse, safety planning and support mechanisms in place to support individuals who may need assistance.
After hearing about our campaign, The Hill Methodist Church at Kirkby-in-Ashfield, invited us to attend their service. They showered us with donations for the domestic abuse survivors we work with in Ashfield. A resident and her children, who recently fled domestic abuse, were in store for a miserable Christmas. Before leaving the perpetrator, they were a well off family, but now they were struggling to get by. With no gifts under the tree and little festive spirit, her mental health was deteriorating. Not only did Holly provide the resident with gifts, she enabled her to put presents under the tree for her children.
When we visited Kings Mill Hospital, we received a great deal of attention from patients, visitors and staff. Health professionals felt that domestic abuse was an important issue to address but a difficult topic to approach and agreed that raising awareness and improving understanding could assist in tackling this barrier. The majority filled out White Ribbon pledges, to make promises about their future practices. The hospital were grateful for our support and are keen to work together on the White Ribbon Campaign next year. As a result, we have developed a good working relationship and are excited to work together more closely moving forward.
Make a Stand and come and talk to us
Ashfield District Council is unique, we have a specialist team to help assist individuals with complex needs and we were one of the first councils to sign up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand campaign. More details can be found on our website here.