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NHS Supports 16 Days of Action Campaign

November 28, 2011 2:34 PM

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With over 27,000 domestic abuse incidents reported to Strathclyde Police last year, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is helping support this year’s annual 16 Days of Action Campaign.

The 16 Days of Action Campaign is an international campaign which focuses on the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

NHSGGC, along with partner agencies, have arranged a number of actions during the 16 days of the campaign ensuring the national helpline number, 0800 027 1234, is made widely available on solus screens, websites and newsletters across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The year’s campaign, which begins on Friday, November 25th and ends on Saturday, December 10th, has the theme ‘From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World’.

Violence Against Women includes domestic abuse, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, prostitution, trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation.

Alan Gilmour, Planning Manager within the South Sector of the Glasgow Community Health Partnership, said: “In the South of Glasgow and across the city there has been a programme of planned action to highlight the devastating effects of violence against women.

“Working with our partners including Glasgow Life, Strathclyde Police and Glasgow Community and Safety Services, we plan to highlight the fact that other people can report violence to the Police without involving the victim.

“We have organised an event on forced marriage and are involved in the launch of ‘Aisha’s Story’, a DVD produced by the Police and aimed at Asian women.”

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Notes to Editors
Some key facts on violence against women are:
• In 2010-11, there were 27,320 domestic abuse incidents reported to Strathclyde Police, including 3,397 to G Division which includes Glasgow South and East Renfrewshire
• The 3 Police divisions which deal with Glasgow City and its environs dealt with a total of 11,337 domestic abuse incidents in that year
• 3,236 of these were in South Glasgow
• In 2008 there were 10,882 domestic abuse incidents reported to the Police costing Glasgow’s public services £30.9m (Glasgow Community Safety Partnership, 2009)
• It is estimated that only 2% of violent attacks on women are ever reported to the police (Centre for Criminology Middlesex University 1994)
• Domestic Abuse is estimated to cost public service agencies in Glasgow £38.5 m per annum. Glasgow’s economy loses £19.2m per annum
• On average, in the UK, 2 women per week are killed by a male partner or former partner and a woman will be assaulted 35 times before her first call to the Police (Women’s Aid website)
• Violence against women kills or incapacitates more women aged 15 to 40 worldwide than cancer, malaria, accidents and war combined (World Bank Discussion Paper 1994)
• Women who are raped or abused in Glasgow have much better support from statutory and non-statutory organisations than anywhere else in Britain (Coy et al, 2008)

A full list of activities, times, venues and contact details for events across the city can be found on www.16days.org.



For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected] .

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