Next week we are participating in White Ribbon Day which coincides with International Day For The Eradication of Violence Against Women.
METRO'S LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) service will be running a stall at Elephant & Castle shopping centre in partnership with the MET Police and Victim Support to raise awareness and encourage support for this important often invisible issue.
We will also be attending the AVA Mental Health & Abuse seminar, mental health services have a key role in responding to domestic and sexual violence, yet it is estimated that just 10-30% of cases are identified by mental health professionals.
This seminar will publicise the findings of PRIMH (Promoting Recovery in Mental Health), AVA's three year project working with two mental health trusts implementing a programme of work to improve care provided to people affected by abuse.
White Ribbon week is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Domestic abuse can affect anyone and White Ribbon day acknowledges that victims can also be male or LGBT identified.
Our service continues to go from strength to strength we have engaged with over 60 LGBT victims of domestic abuse. In the past three months we have supported 3 clients through the criminal justice system and at court all to successful prosecutions of the perpetrator. Southwark Police CSU DI Tracey Miller gave this commendation;
"More importantly the victim was referred to our very own LGBT IDVA Andy Meekings. Andy has supported the victim over the last 4 months, being there at the low points, supporting him through the ending of the relationship and taking him to court. This week the perpetrator was sentenced to 26 weeks, suspended for 2 years, a tag with curfew for 3 months, a lifetime restraining order and £2,000 compensation order."
If you have any questions, would like to know more, or have concerns please do contact our LGBT IDVA Andy Meekings.
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