November is historically a month where domestic abuse is seen more in the spotlight through the use of various campaigns.
Famously, November is White Ribbon month, where men pledge to take a stand against violence against women. Most men do not commit violence against women, but the White Ribbon Campaign encourages men to become more active in their stand against violence and not ignore the issue or leave it to someone else to solve.
To reflect the core principles of the White Ribbon Campaign and raise further awareness of domestic abuse and violence against women, Calan DVS has launched our own NOvember campaign.
Throughout the month of NOvember we will be encouraging everyone to get behind our #SpeakOut campaign and use social media to show their support for our campaign and raise awareness of the effects of domestic abuse, as well as the shocking statistics surrounding domestic abuse in the UK.
Calan DVS are asking people to simply draw or print off a simple speech bubble and write on it something that you want to say about domestic abuse; whether that is simply to #SpeakOut, how it affects children, the Live Fear Free helpline number, or how many people are affected by it each year. Whatever you want to say, make sure to use the hashtag #SpeakOut, and then simply post it on social media.
We know that not everyone likes to have their photo taken, and least of all display it on social media, but you can find a way of displaying your speech bubble without including your face in the photo if you wish. Any post on Twitter or Facebook that engages with our campaign helps to raise crucial awareness of domestic abuse across Wales and lets individuals and families know that there is help and support available.
We are continuing to #SpeakOut throughout NOvember, and we hope you will join us in filling in your own speech bubble and helping us raise awareness across social media.
Throughout NOvember we will also have a presence across Bridgend, Brecon and Neath Town centres, with a White Ribbon store front competition in Maesteg, a school project in Bridgend and Ystradgynlias, and an open day on November 25th at our One Stop Shop Domestic Abuse centre in Victoria Gardens in Neath.