Once again, we will be supporting ‘16 Days of Action', an international campaign to raise awareness of violence against women.

Over the next couple of weeks, until Monday 10 December when the campaign ends, the Group will be sharing a domestic abuse statistic via it’s Twitter (@ProgressHG) and Facebook pages (@ProgressStreetTalk) every day to raise awareness of domestic abuse, as well as explaining how people can support the campaign and where they can get free and confidential advice 24 hours a day. To find out more about the campaign visit http://16daysofaction.co.uk/

The White Ribbon campaign works alongside this campaign and is a symbol of men working to end men's violence against women.  Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. 

This year we ran several Domestic Violence Awareness courses for our staff highlighting what domestic abuse is and how to recognise the warning signs.

Staff from both our South Ribble and Chorley Women’s Refuges, will again be hosting a stand outside Leyland’s Market Hall on Friday (30 November) where staff from Clare House will be joined throughout the day by other domestic abuse workers to ask the people of Leyland to paint or draw around their hand on a banner if they agree with the statement that ‘hands are not for hitting’. The banner will then be displayed in South Ribble Borough Council’s offices on West Paddock in Leyland. Please drop by the stand and show your support to ending domestic abuse and violence.

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 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.