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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 2022

This November, the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls Partnership is calling for people to stand up to violence against women and girls as part of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. Those looking to get involved in the campaign can take part in a range of activities from the Partnership’s event calendar - showcasing what’s on and where across the county.

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Running from 25 November to 10 December, the campaign calls for an end to gender-based violence (also commonly known as ‘violence against women and girls’). The international White Ribbon Day also occurs during this period, encouraging male allyship with women and girls, in addition to the UN UNiTE campaign to ‘Orange the World’ - symbolising a brighter future free of violence.

There are several ways Hertfordshire’s residents can take a stand against all forms of violence and abuse: 

During the 16 Days, organisations in Hertfordshire are raising awareness about the services available to support those experiencing harmful or abusive behaviours. There are also free campaign resources and a specially commissioned video using awareness raising messages from local leaders and sports allies. Two of Hertfordshire’s biggest sporting clubs – Stevenage Borough and Watford Football clubs – will be showing their support and taking part in the #HertsUnitedAgainstAbuse campaign either as part of the video, on match days, or with other activities planned during the period, and beyond.

“As Chair of the Executive Board in Hertfordshire, I’m really proud that we are working together to tackle the attitudes and behaviours that contribute to violence against women and girls. Make the White Ribbon Promise today and help us put an end to gender-based violence”
- Jo Fisher, Chair of the Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women & Girls Executive Board in Hertfordshire

Go to the Herts Sunflower website for further information, advice and local support related to violence against women and girls and domestic abuse.

The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls Partnership is formed of more than 50 organisations working together. The Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Strategy 2022-25  outlines the Partnership’s key priorities for creating lasting change. With a strong focus on engagement and prevention, to ensure that Hertfordshire is a safe place for all individuals and families, the strategy is also being launched at a Partnership event hosted by allies, Stevenage Borough Football Club, during the campaign period.

Violence against women and girls

Is a term used to describe a range of harmful or abusive behaviours that disproportionately affect women and girls, including:

  • Stalking & harassment
  • Rape & other sexual offences
  • Domestic abuse
  • Honour-based abuse
  • Revenge porn

These behaviours can afect anyone and should always be taken seriously.


Support Services, information and advice

If you or someone you know is experiencing Harmful or Abusive behaviour...

Herts Sunflower

Information, advice and signposting about domestic abuse and violence against women & girls and support services available. Search: 'Groups that can help you' to find a service that suits you.

Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline

08 088 088 088

Free local helpline for anyone affected by domestic abuse,
Mon-Fri 9am-9pm;
Sat-Sun 9am-4pm
(calls outside these times are redirected to the national helpline). Or email: confidently, anytime.

Support for men & boys

Male Victims of Domestic Abuse - Mankind

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men - Men's advice line

Support for children, teenagers and young adults

The Hideout


Support for LGBTQ+ people

Galop - the LGBTQ+ anti-abuse charity


Get involved

  1. Make the White Ribbon Promise, ‘to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women’ and wear your white ribbon proudly. By doing so, you’re becoming part of a wider movement to end violence and promote a culture of equality and respect.
  2. Support 16 Days of Activism events and initiatives happening in your local community. Organisations across Hertfordshire have worked hard to create a range of fun, informative and thought-provoking events to raise awareness of violence against women and girls and how we can all work together to eliminate it. See the ‘Hertfordshire-wide Calendar of Events’ to find out what’s happening near you.
  3. Be the best ally you can be by learning how to appropriately intervene and challenge harmful or abusive behaviours via the UK Government’s ‘Enough’ campaign.
  4. Show your support on social media by re-sharing awareness-raising content from national and local organisations (or sharing your own message of allyship and support) with the hashtag #HertsUnitedAgainstAbuse.

Download our #HertsUnitedAgainstAbuse social media toolkit to get involved, raise awareness and show your support on social media!

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