Fareham Borough Council and the Southern Domestic Abuse Services (SDAS) are working together to raise the profile of the initiative and support victims, as part of Action against Domestic Violence month.
Members of the SDAS, Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Cllr Trevor Cartwright met today and painted their handprints in the shape of a white ribbon to show their support for the campaign.
Councillor Trevor Cartwright, Chair of Fareham's Community Safety Partnership said: "It was an honour to meet the staff from the local Fareham refuge. Fareham Borough Council fully supports the campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse. We stand together as Fareham's Community Safety Partnership and work with the Police, Fire Service and Southern Domestic Abuse Service in helping to reduce violent crime and help survivors of domestic abuse and their families."
Claire Chatwin, Chief Executive Officer for the Southern Domestic Abuse Service said: "Southern Domestic Abuse Service and our clients, who have survived domestic abuse, are delighted to participate in this awareness raising event. Working with Fareham Borough Council's Community Safety Partnership, we support the elimination of violence by men against women. We should all be empowered to discuss the issues of violence, exploitation and abuse. We can, and must, create an environment where gender-based violence is unacceptable. We must listen to the voices of survivors and work towards a world without domestic abuse."
In September, Fareham Borough Council made a home available to victims of domestic abuse as part of the Hampshire Making Safe Scheme, a project that aims to provide 47 homes across Hampshire for those who have suffered domestic abuse.
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