Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and to thank you for your support during 2016.
It has been another busy year for us where we have supported over 1000 women and 1000 children across our community based and refuge services.
We are now an active partner in UAVA (United against Violence and Abuse) Ltd. UAVA was formed in December 2015. It is a consortium of three local specialist providers of domestic abuse and sexual violence services providing coordinated domestic and sexual violence services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for any male or female over the age of 13. Additional services are available for Leicester City residents.
This year, Women’s Aid Leicestershire marked the beginning of Domestic Violence week by organising a Happening. This was our biggest and most publicised event of the year and it took place on the 19th November. It was well attended by supporters, members of the public, staff, volunteers and a group of male supporters who collected generous donations.
124 names of known women who died as a result of Domestic violence in the past year were read out by women wearing dark clothes. After each name, a woman put on a white mask to represent a life so tragically lost.
Gill Taylor, Chair of the board of Women Aid Leicestershire said:
“It is important to bring domestic violence and our service to survivors to the attention of the public which is why we have chosen to illustrate the tragic waste of life by this act of remembrance in the city centre on a busy Saturday”.
The following is an extract of our message at the event:
“In 2015, a woman was murdered in the UK every three days, women murdered by men who they should have been able to trust. Commonly, women are murdered by their partners, husbands or boyfriends, but also by their fathers, sons or brothers. We have given voice to honour the women who died.
These were not all poor women. They were women of every age, race and culture. They were teachers, dinner ladies, doctors, dancers and daughters. Their perpetrators were not all drunken brutes, but some were respected fathers and men from all walks of life”
Your support this year has meant that we could continue to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, along with their children, and in a radio interview one of our service users said that had it not been for our support she would have been number 125 on the list.
We appreciate that in the current economic climate it is difficult to spare money for donations and that is why we are so very grateful for what we receive. All donations we receive always go directly towards supporting the women and children in our services.
If you would like to find out more about Women’s Aid Leicestershire Ltd, to volunteer or become more involved with our organisation then visit wa-leciester.org.uk.
You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@WALLAction).
With Best wishes and a Happy New Year!