Progress Housing Group, South Ribble Refuge and Chorley’s Women’s Refuge, are once again supporting ‘16 Days of Action’, an international campaign to raise awareness of abuse against women.

The 16 Days of Action begins on Friday, 25 November, International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on Saturday, 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

Members of staff from both South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuge, which are owned and managed by Progress Housing Group, will be at Leyland Market on Tuesday 6 December encouraging people to show their support by drawing around their hand and signing it to pledge ‘my hand is not for hitting’, highlighting the campaign to end domestic abuse towards women.

Progress Housing Group (@ProgressHG) will tweet a domestic abuse statistic every day to raise awareness of this issue and let people know how they can support the campaign and where they can get free and confidential advice 24 hours a day.

Liz Stanton, Manager of South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuges, said: “In our local area there are hundreds of women living with domestic abuse who do not recognise it, or do not know where to turn. By taking part in this campaign every year we hope to let people know that help is out there for those suffering domestic abuse, that it can happen to women of any age and that we can offer support and a safe haven for those wishing to flee an abusive situation.”

South Ribble Women’s Refuge opened its doors in 2000 and has provided a safe haven to over 1000 women and their children. The Refuge staff have supported a further 500 women through its community resettlement service.

If you are concerned about someone who may be at risk of domestic abuse, phone the South Ribble and Chorley Domestic Abuse Helpline in confidence on 01772 435865 or email clarehouse@progressgroup.org.uk. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.