Stop the Silence on Violence: David Challen to speak at White Ribbon Day event
4 November 2019
Brent will shine a spotlight on Violence Against Women at a White Ribbon Day event to kick off 16 days of awareness-raising activities. Stop the Silence on Violence is to be held at Brent Civic Centre between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 26 November.
David Challen will deliver the keynotes speech. David is the son of Sally Challen, who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her husband. Sally's conviction was later quashed after new evidence emerged about her husband's controlling and coercive behaviour. David now campaigns for more support for victims of abuse.
Attendees are encouraged to wear orange in support of to support the UN's 16 Days campaign to raise awareness of violence against women.
One in four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime, one in six have experienced public sexual harassment, and the NHS in northwest London recorded 986 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) last year. Just a few of the troubling statistics that will be highlighted on the day, as attendees are asked to 'imagine a world without Violence Against Women'.
Everyone will be given an opportunity to sign the White Ribbon promise to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men's violence against women. Local organisations will also be on hand, with stalls sharing information and advice about their services.
Cllr Tom Miller, Lead Member for Community Safety and Engagement, said: "Abuse, no matter what form it takes, is unacceptable but incredibly these acts of violence persist in 2019. The message is getting out there and reporting is on the rise, but we have so much more work to do as a community before violence is stopped for good. Signing the White Ribbon promise and sharing its message with your family and friends is one tangible thing that you can do today."
Earlier this year, Brent Council released figures showing how a new approach to domestic abuse has helped survivors seek help earlier and led to a nine percent drop in injuries in the borough. The number of people reporting domestic abuse also rose seven percent as awareness spreads about abuse and services available for survivors.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or suspect that somebody may be a victim, contact Advance in Brent on 07398454898