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Council to host free online conference on domestic abuse

News release from 23 November 2021

CAMBRIDGE City Council is holding a free conference on domestic abuse to mark the national White Ribbon Day and the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. 

The event on Thursday 25 November will feature a variety of guest speakers including representatives from Cambridge Women’s Aid, Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre and Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre and will be followed by a question and answer session. 

Anyone wishing to send in a question for the panel before the event can email community.safety@cambridge.gov.uk  

Thursday 25 November also marks White Ribbon Day. The White Ribbon campaign works to engage men in speaking out about violence against women and girls, and to challenge gender stereotypes underpinning such violence.  

The council achieved White Ribbon accreditation in 2015 to show its work in support of the aims of the campaign and has remained accredited since then. 

White Ribbon Day held on 25 November coincides with the UN’s Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, which marks the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and leading up to the UN’s Human Rights Day.

Anyone can join the online event from 1.30pm-3pm, but there is a limit of 300 places, so people wishing to join need to register in advance on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/domestic-abuse-conference-tickets-211661273567  

On the same day the council will be holding an awareness raising session for council staff about the aims of the White Ribbon campaign. 

The council is committed to tackling domestic abuse in Cambridge and works closely with a number of partners to do so, both locally and nationally. 

In 2019 the council became one of the first in the UK to be awarded the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) accreditation. This is the national benchmark for how housing providers should respond to domestic abuse, recognising that they are in a unique position to identify it, prevent it and provide help for people.  

In addition to the DAHA and White Ribbon accreditations the council works closely with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership to reduce the harm, risks and costs associated with domestic abuse and sexual violence and to prevent these crimes occurring across Cambridgeshire.  

The council is also a member of the Cambridge Community Safety Partnership which prioritises particular issues in the city including safeguarding young people against violence and exploitation 

In addition, the council requires all applicants for new taxi drivers’ licences to pass a safeguarding and knowledge test, which includes questions about how to identify customers who are potentially at risk of domestic abuse, and how they can provide assistance. Attendance at refresher training is required every three years. 

It has also held seminars for private landlords in Cambridge, to help them identify domestic abuse taking place in their properties, and how to access the help that is available.  

Cllr Alex Collis, Executive Councillor for Open Spaces, Sustainable Food and Community Wellbeing, said: “Sadly, a large number of people in our city have either suffered domestic abuse themselves or know someone who has suffered in this way, and the effects can be devastating and life-changing. 

“As a council we have recognised that tackling domestic abuse is one of our absolute priorities and we want to do everything we can to tackle domestic abuse and its causes, both in Cambridge and around the world. That’s why we are proud to work with groups in Cambridge who support survivors of domestic abuse and those at risk of it. 

“The online conference next week will provide an excellent opportunity to hear from groups who provide vital support for those affected by domestic violence, and those who work to prevent it.”