Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Graduates speak out against domestic violence

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On Saturday 10th March, 27 graduates took to the streets of Leamington Spa to highlight the issue of domestic violence. The event was organised to coincide with International Women’s Day and received coverage in the Leamington Observer.

The day commenced with an interactive workshop, held at Bath Place Community Venture. Presentations were made by Warwickshire Women’s Refuge and Solihull Domestic Abuse Support and Prevention Service, giving attendees the opportunity to discuss issues surrounding domestic violence.

The group then planned a public stunt, centred on the slogan ‘I am a person, not an object’, to highlight the economic, political and social hardships victims of domestic violence face. Staff and make-up students from Warwickshire College provided support with visual effects.

Nadia Kouhi, Assistant Programme Manager for South Warwickshire, organised the event. She stated “Many of the young people were surprised by the facts and figures surrounding domestic abuse and want to continue raising awareness of this issue. On average, two women a week are killed by a current or former partner. Although International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the achievements of women, it is also important to highlight the plight that many women currently face within the UK and across the world.”

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