16 Days: UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls
The 25th November signifies the start of 16 days of action
against gender based violence and lasts until Human Rights day on
This year the UNiTE campaign marks the 16 days under the theme
'UNiTE! Activitism to end violence against women and girls' and
utilises the colour orange to represent a brighter future, free
from violence against women and girls.
Along with individuals and organisations around the world we
will be coming together to call for the prevention and elimination
of violence against women and girls.
On 24th November 2022, representatives from the Safer St Helens
partnership attended the launch of Emily Spurrell, Merseyside
Police and Crime Commissioner's, new Violence Against Women and
Girls (VAWG) Delivery Plan.
We are strongly committed to the plan, which sets out clear,
acheivable actions focussed on tackling domestic abuse. To protect
women and girls who live and work in Merseyside, preventing
violence, pursuing offenders and ensuring that tackling VAWG is
prioritised and treated with urgency. You can read the plan
*On the evening of the 25th November, the Steve
Prescott bridge will be lit orange in tribute to the
In St Helens we want to break down the silence that surrounds
domestic abuse. The Voices Against Domestic Abuse
(VADA) campaign encourages residents, businesses and local
organisations to learn how to use their voice to provide support
victims. By raising awareness on how to report incidents and access
Throughout the 16 days a stream of informative social media
messages will be shared with St Helens Borough Council followers,
asking them to call out domestic abuse, challenging unwelcome and
inappropriate behaviour and encouraging the reporting of
2022 sees the football World Cup falling during the 16 days.
Incidents of violence are known to increase during major sporting
events and we are asking residents to look out for victims of
domestic abuse (male and female).
If you hear violence behind closed doors, use your voice and
report it to Merseyside Police,
as soon as possible on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Domestic Abuse Service is free to any resident of St
Helens who is a victim of domestic abuse, whatever your living