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Published Monday, 18 November 2013

Ten days of action are being launched in Enfield to stop domestic violence in its tracks and to coincide with White Ribbon Day on Wednesday 25 November.

Also known as International Day Against Violence Against Women, White Ribbon Day will be marked by the Metropolitan Police, Enfield Council and other organisations  arranging a string of initiatives to stop abusers in their tracks, give advice to women who are suffering domestic violence and raise awareness of their plight.

Women’s Aid estimate that as many as one in four women will experience domestic violence during their lifetime, and at least two women a week die as a result. Over 750,000 children nationally witness domestic violence every year and desperately need support and protection. 

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: “There is no place in a civilised society for a cowardly and abhorrent crime such as domestic violence as we are determined to raise awareness of this issue and do everything within our power to bring the people responsible to justice.

“We have organised an extensive programme of activities to hammer home the message that this type of crime is not acceptable encourage residents to look out for the signs of abuse and give victims the information and support they need to escape an abusive relationship.”  

DCI Mark Rochester of Enfield Police stated, "This initiative is an example of the police working with partners to target perpetrators of domestic violence and support vulnerable victims - the message is clear: no form of domestic abuse will be tolerated".

Specific events include a White Ribbon Day conference at Forty Hall Banqueting Suite on 25 November so officers from different organisations can meet to share new ways of tackling domestic violence.

There will be a candlelight vigil involving residents, community groups, voluntary and statutory sector partners coming together at Edmonton Green on 28 November between 2-6pm organised by the Enfield Women’s Centre as an innovative way to raise awareness of domestic violence in our community. 

There will also be a performance of ‘Whisper Me Happy Ever After’ by Face Front theatre on 2 December. The play has been produced for primary school children to highlight there can be problems at home and that children can speak to someone about their worries or fears.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence please call one of the following helplines: 

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 Solace Women’s Aid Advice Line: 0808 802 5565 North London Rape Crisis Centre: 020 7619 1369

In an emergency always call 999.

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