The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The Leeds Safeguarding team have produced this list of useful contacts and information to raise awareness about gender-based violence towards women.
Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) works with women, men and families in Leeds, offering emergency accommodation, support, advice and advocacy. LDVS supports anyone experiencing domestic violence and abuse and actively encourages people from LGBT+ communities to access our support. 24 Hour Helpline 0113 246 0401 or visit LDVS. You can also visit the Leeds City Council website for more information: Domestic violence and abuse (leeds.gov.uk)
Behind Closed Doors Home – Behind Closed Doors (behind-closed-doors.org.uk)
Galop – supporting LGBT+ people who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, so-called conversion therapies, honour-based abuse, forced marriage, and other forms of abuse. Helpline 0800 999 5428 or visit Galop
Karma Nirvana – providing specialist support for victims of Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage. Helpline 0800 5999 247 or visit Karma Nirvana
Respect – providing safe, effective work with perpetrators, male victims and young people using violence and abuse.
The Respect Phoneline is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for domestic abuse perpetrators and those supporting them. They provide support for men and women who are using abuse, in same-sex or heterosexual relationships – 0808 802 4040.
The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for male victims of domestic abuse. Helpline 0808 8010327 or visit Respect
West Yorkshire Police – in case of an emergency ring 999. For more information about how to report domestic abuse please visit Domestic Abuse | West Yorkshire Police
Silent Solution – a way to contact 999 without having to speak, for more information please visit Silent 999
Safety campaigns and Apps
Clare’s Law Campaign
The West Yorkshire Police Clare’s Law campaign was launched to encourage anyone with concerns about their current or ex-partner to use their ‘right to ask’ to check whether they have a history of domestic abuse. For more information, please visit Clare’s Law – Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme | West Yorkshire Police
Ask for Angela
Leeds City Council are working with partners and venues across the City to help keep all people safe when on a night out. Anyone can say the code word ‘Angela’ to staff at participating venues to signal that they’re in an uncomfortable situation and would like assistance. For more information about Ask Angela please visit https://womenfriendlyleeds.org/ask-for-angela/. For venues wanting to join the Ask for Angela scheme please email [email protected]
Bright Sky App
Bright Sky is a safe, easy to use app and website that provides practical support and information on how to respond to domestic abuse. It is for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else. For more information about the Bright Sky App please visit Bright Sky app | Hestia
Domestic Abuse Training
Leeds City Council provides training for people who work with victims of domestic violence and abuse. Their training is a three modular approach.
- Introduction to Domestic Violence and Abuse
- How to assess risk and complete a DASH and MARAC referral
- Lessons Learned from Domestic Homicide Reviews
For more information please contact [email protected]