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Drive Time addresses Domestic Violence and Pregnancy

This week, Fergus Finlay did his weekly Drive Time (RTE Radio 1) column on Domestic Violence and Pregnancy. You can find his recording here: http://url.ie/2y0k (at 1:07:17 into the recording).

To learn more about Domestic Violence and Pregnancy, download our Briefing Note here: Domestic Violence and Pregnancy, and you can sign up for the 16 Facts for 16 Days Email Campaign by emailing 16days@womensaid.ie or calling 01-8684721.

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Guest blog post by Sandra at Dundalk Women’s Aid

Publication1This year we decided our theme would be to turn society’s focus from the woman and what she is going to doing about her situation and shine the spotlight on society and ask “what are YOU doing about it?”.

We are running a Teaser campaign from the start of November, we’ve placed a number of posters around town with statements such as:

“What are YOU doing about it?”

 “Be part of the solution, not the problem”

“It hurts everyone”.

We hope this will spark people’s interest and generate conversation. Then on November 23rd we will launch our 16 Days of Action in County Museum and it will also be our reveal, we will then replace the posters with the reveal and they will remain for the 16 days.

“Domestic violence, What are YOU doing about it”?

 

Education and Awareness

We have also put together a work shop on healthy relationships and it will be running in local secondary schools during the 16 days. We hope to deliver it to at least 200 students.

Awareness raising talks will be held in the community office with heads of departments and supervisors in attendance, with the hope that they carry the information back to their organisations.

 An information stall will be set up in DKIT on 24th November and staff will be handing out our helpline number and white ribbons and we’ll host a coffee mooring will be held in the County Museum on 2nd December, local community groups are invited along.

Annual Day of Action

On our annual day of action on 25th November, we will be erecting a marquee at the town centre and we will be showing domestic violence adverts from around the world, inviting passer bys to stop and watch while handing out our helpline numbers on bookmarks and stickers.

White Ribbon Campaign

Also we are continuing our White Ribbon Campaign; we are doing a big push on this campaign this year and hope to get as many men involved as possible. We have targeted men involved in sport, the media and politicians and are looking forward to seeing the response we receive. We intend to make this a part of our annual events as we feel getting men involved in the 16 days of action will help in making it a community response when it comes to condoning violence against women

I hope everyone is enjoying this year’s campaign and good luck to all involved.  If you would like to support the 16 Days Campaign in Dundalk contact me at sandra@womensaiddlk.net

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