News from Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Actress Lynda Bellingham backs Worcestershire’s 16 Days of Action

The Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse is supporting the international 16 Days of Action campaign to end violence against women.

Actress Lynda Bellingham

They’re organising a series of events including a candle-lit peace vigil outside Worcester Guildhall on Thurs 29th November 4.30pm-6.30pm. And on Friday Redditch will host ‘These heels are made for walking’ – when men will walk for a mile in women’s shoes.

The Forum’s strategic co-ordinator Martin Lakeman said:

“Worcestershire is working hard to raise awareness and open up channels of communication regarding what is so often a hidden issue.”

He added that although the 16 Days of Action campaign aims to tackle violence against women, The Forum is committed to supporting male victims in abusive relationships and will be highlighting this as part of the campaign.

“The simple message is, do not suffer in silence.”

That’s a message echoed by Oxo advert mum & Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham, who’s lending her support. She told Free Radio:

“I myself was in an abusive marriage for 16 years… to live with fear every day is just awful, trust me.”

“My big thing is don’t suffer in silence, talk to somebody… there are places you can go for help.”

If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about domestic abuse you can call: 0800 980 3331