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Kingston Council partners with the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign to end domestic and sexual violence

Kingston Council and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Partnership (DSVP Partnership) have joined the national UK SAYS NO MORE campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault.

The campaign, facilitated by London-based charity Hestia and the NO MORE campaign in the United States, works to raise awareness and break the stigma surrounding domestic and sexual violence – two topics that are still unfortunately often seen as taboo.

Following on from the magnitude of the #MeToo media campaign to ignite an international conversation on sexual assault and harassment, Kingston Council has announced that they will become an official partner of the campaign and pledged to increase the visibility of their domestic violence services. The announcement of the partnership also comes in conjunction with the internationally recognised 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from 25th November to 10th December. In addition, the Council is reviewing internal policies and the training and support it provides to managers in order to ensure a high quality response to issues of domestic violence, stalking and sexual harassment.

Kingston Council joins other council authorities, corporations and not-for-profit organisations in Taking a Stand and saying NO MORE violence.

Cllr Cathy Roberts, Kingston Council’s portfolio holder for adult social care and health, said:

“I’d like to thank everyone that came along to the event. We are proud to be part of such an important campaign and shows our commitment to tackling domestic violence, abuse and sexual assault in the borough. We want to help and support as many vulnerable people in Kingston to leave abusive relationships and to let them know, that they are not in this alone.”

Pat Ryan, CEO for Hestia, said:

“Domestic and sexual violence is at epidemic levels across the UK. It is encouraging that Kingston Council and the Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Partnership have decided to join the UK SAYS NO MORE campaign in order to help us put a stop to domestic and sexual violence.”

Lyndsey Dearlove, Violence Against Women and Girls Partnership Manager for UK SAYS NO MORE, said:

“It’s fantastic to see the Royal Borough of Kingston getting involved and Taking a Stand against domestic violence and sexual assault. It really is only by working together and understanding that we all have a vital role to play that we can end domestic violence and sexual assault and we welcome Kingston Council as an official partner.”

The partnership was formally launched on Wednesday 29th November at the annual DSVP Partnership conference at Kingston’s prestigious Guildhall.

Kingston’s domestic violence and sexual assault services include one of the first one stop shops for advice and information, the Kingston Domestic Violence Hub, a Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) and emergency refuges.