- Media Centre
Wednesday 20th November 2013
Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors is partnering with local women's refuge Clare House this month to promote the White Ribbon campaign – 16 days of direct action against domestic violence.
Launching on 25 November, which is Violence Against Women's Day, and running through to 10 December, International Human Rights Day, the White Ribbon campaign will raise awareness of domestic violence specifically targeting women who are aged 45 and over.
Research by Clare House has identified that women in this particular age group are the hardest to reach and less likely to come forward for support, possibly because they have been married for quite some time and feel like there is no way out.
With our help, Clare House is aiming to reach victims in the South Ribble area through a wide-reaching poster campaign in hairdressers. Marsden Rawsthorn, which has a specialist family law department, will also be raising awareness of the campaign on their website and through local media and social networking platforms.
Janet Walker, business development manager at Marsden Rawsthorn Solicitors, said: "Meeting with the support staff at Clare House has really opened our eyes to the invaluable work that they do to help victims of domestic violence."
"We were shocked to hear that there are a large proportion of hidden domestic violence victims who may not have the means or courage to seek assistance, and that’s why we have pledged our support to this important White Ribbon campaign."
Liz Stanton at Clare House said: "It's quite difficult to define what domestic violence is. This campaign will educate the public about the physical, psychological, sexual, emotional and financial abuse that victims suffer, but ultimately we want women over the age of 45 to recognise that there is support out there for them and to encourage them to come forward."
"Nearly half of our residents from South Ribble are under the age of 30, so it’s vital that we also do as much as we can to target older women in this region and Marsden Rawsthorn’s generous support will go a long way to doing that."
If you are a victim of domestic violence and wish to seek help or support, please call the dedicated 24-hour helpline on 01772 435865.
For more information about the campaign, please call Janet Walker on 01772 799600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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