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Ending domestic abuse: what I can do

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Hestia, domestic abuse, sexual violence, survey, UK SAYS NO MORE, campaign, #WhatICanDo1 in 5 people didn’t do anything at all, half gave advice, 1 in 4 let the victim stay in their home.

UK SAYS NO MORE is a national campaign launched by London charity Hestia in 2016 to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault across the UK.

UK SAYS NO MORE seeks to unite – and strengthen – a diverse community of members of the public and organisations nationwide to actively take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault.

And UK SAYS NO MORE Week (21-27 May 2018) is a time for everyone – individuals, non-profit and corporate organisations, communities and groups across the UK – to unite and keep the conversation going around domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The campaign provides open-source tools and resources for individuals and organisations to take action and get involved in ending domestic violence and sexual assault and challenge the myths and misconceptions around these issues, share resources and information, and ultimately work together to make real positive change.

For UK SAYS NO MORE Week Hestia has created the hashtag #WhatIcando to create a national dialogue to discuss the role of friends and family in tackling domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Hestia recently commissioned leading market research company Opinium to undertake an online survey of 2,003 nationally representative UK adults – people aged 18+.

The survey revealed some staggering statistics.

When asked, have you ever been aware of someone you know – such as a friend or family member- being a victim of domestic abuse?

Almost 2 in 5 Brits (38 per cent) have either suspected or been made aware that someone they knew had been a victim of domestic abuse.

More women (45 per cent) were aware of the abuse taking place than men (30 per cent). Younger people were also more far more likely to be aware of domestic abuse among their friends and family.

1 in 5 people didn’t do anything at all, whereas half gave them advice and 1 in 4 let the victim stay in their home.

Of those who gave the person they knew advice once they heard of the domestic abuse they suffered, three quarters (75 per cent) were confident in the advice they gave.

Looking into the future, 29 per cent of Brits would not feel confident giving advice to those who have suffered/ were suffering with domestic abuse and 14 per cent of Brits don’t know how confident they would feel. For those who’ve never been aware of domestic abuse in other relationships, this rises to a third.

Hestia recently launched Bright Sky, a free to download mobile app providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship; their families, friends and colleagues.

Hestia recognises that the type of support victims of domestic abuse may need varies but also that empowering friends, family members and colleagues with knowledge about domestic abuse and providing them with a tool to link the victim to specialist services would change the experience of seeking support.

In turn it would reduce the number of times a victim unsuccessfully seeks support and reduce the length of time a victim may remain in an abusive relationship.

The scale of domestic abuse and sexual violence makes it a public health crisis which affects all of us – which is why this year’s theme is #WhatIcando, encouraging everyone to recognise their own role in ending domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Click here to find out more about #WhatIcando.

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