What Is It?

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is a campaign launched by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence. It's aim is to highlight that the scale and true nature of these issues are often hidden, as well as highlighting support channels which survivors can use to seek help.

As in previous years, this year's campaign launches 16 days of activism to be concluded on the 10th of December 2023 — the day that commemorates International Human Rights Day. Several public events are being coordinated and iconic buildings and landmarks will be 'oranged' to recall the need for a violence-free future.

The Advice team are also looking to find out if you have had any experiences off campus that made you feel unsafe. Click here to jump ahead and let us know!

This year's theme is:

“UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls”
#GenerationEquality #unite #16days #spreadtheword

Did you know?

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  • 1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner.
  • One hundred thirty-seven women are killed by a member of their family every day.
  • Fewer than 40 per cent of the women who experience violence seek help of any sort.
  • By September 2020, 52 countries had integrated prevention and response to violence against women and girls into COVID-19 response plans.
  • Adult women account for nearly half (49 per cent) of all human trafficking victims detected globally.
  • Across five global regions, 82 per cent of women parliamentarians reported having experienced some form of psychological violence while serving their terms.
  • Globally 81,000 women and girls were killed in 2020, around 47,000 of them (58 per cent) died at the hands of an intimate partner or a family member.
Facts and Figures

Abusive Relationships

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, and it is never okay.

If you think you might be experiencing any form of domestic abuse, reach out and get support. Support is available at all times, not only during an emergency situation.

The number of police recorded domestic abuse-related crimes in England and Wales rose 6% in the year ending March 2021 to 845,734; this follows increases seen in previous years and may reflect improved recording by the police alongside increased reporting by victims.

If domestic abuse is happening to you, it's important to tell someone and remember you're not alone.

For further information about how to identify abuse and how to get support, please visit the page below:

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Doing Our Part

Services for survivors of violence

You are never alone. If you have felt threatened, unsafe or need assistance, we're here.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline Advice SU UEA Student Support Leeway Refuge Services Haven Project Victim Support
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The team at Advice SU would like to know about your experiences off campus that have made you feel unsafe. For example it could be:

  • street lighting
  • reputation of the area
  • a lived negative experience
  • reports in the media

We would love to hear your thoughts, feelings and experiences;
please let us know below:

Email Us
End online harassment

Online harassment is illegal and is often accompanied by other offences.

Forms can include:

  • Cyberstalking
  • Online impersonation
  • Catfishing
  • Trolling
  • Doxxing
  • Swatting
  • Revenge porn

If you don't feel safe online, are concerned for a friend who might be experiencing harassment or need support please reach out and our team will be there to help you.

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Links and Resources

Check out our social media campaign for regular updates throughout the 16 days of campaigning!

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