No more week 2023 5 to 12 march Published: Tuesday, 7th March 2023

Warwickshire County Council and partners, including Warwickshire Police, Refuge and colleagues from across the District and Borough Councils, unite together to say NO MORE to Domestic Abuse.

The national campaign, now in its 10th year, running from 5 to 12 March, looks to highlight domestic abuse and sexual violence for everyone across the UK. One in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and more shockingly, two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England Wales alone. Warwickshire says NO MORE.

The campaign is a positive force for change and, just like the rest of the country, Warwickshire is making strides to help victim survivors and their dependents. The Domestic Abuse Act has widened the different forms of abuse, it’s no longer just about physical cuts and bruises but also takes into account coercive control, sexual, technological and economical abuse too.

Other changes include the transformation of how victim-survivors can give evidence in court. These methods include video evidence, screens, and other special measures, without having to face the perpetrator. More emphasis is placed on the perpetrator with the addition of offences, such as the disclosing of sexual photos and films with intent to cause distress and the acknowledgment of abuse around non-fatal strangulation or suffocation of another person.

The council’s objective to keep its residents safe and well is a commitment to everyone, including those who are vulnerable to harm and abuse. Please know you are not alone and Warwickshire and its services are here to help and support you, please visit the talk2someone​ web page.

The creation of a Domestic Abuse Commissioner means there is now a duty of responsibility in place to ensure the rights and needs of victim-survivors are heard and acknowledged. 

If you are impacted by domestic abuse, support is available via Refuge’s Warwickshire helpline: 0800 408 1552 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 8:30pm) or 24/7 via the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. Digital support via live chat is available Monday to Friday, 3pm to 10pm on the national domestic abuse helpline website.

Warwickshire has implemented a number of safe spaces for victim-survivors. The idea behind the safe spaces is, just as the name suggests, a safe room for anyone who wants to escape an abusive partner or family member. 

Anyone wishing to use the room would either simply ‘Ask for Ani’ or give a specific password unique to a supporting pharmacist or job centre. Inside the room is a phone that connects to a domestic abuse helpline. Information and advice is also available. To visit the UK says no more website for a full list of participating pharmacists and jobs centres in Warwickshire.

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