Civic and community leaders from Bolton are showing their hands-on support for a campaign against domestic violence.
Two banners full of handprints from people who have pledged their opposition to domestic abuse are the centrepiece of a display in Bolton Central Library.
The large cream banners, measuring 10 foot high by five foot wide, contain brightly coloured handprints from high-profile people from across the community.
The display, on show from November 25 for 16 days, will also feature a board of thought-provoking messages from women who have suffered domestic violence.
The messages have been collated by Safe Haven, a local group which tackles domestic violence.
The campaign coincides with an international campaign that aims to end violence against women, entitled The 16 Days of Action, which launches globally on Thursday November 25 and will run until Friday December 10.
Other events taking place in Bolton include an information day at Farnworth Town Hall on December 4, organised by Fortalice, a women’s refuge. Advisors will be available to discuss support and services they can offer women, young people and children.
Bolton Council is part of a Domestic Abuse Partnership, which also involves the police, Bolton at Home and the Crown Prosecution service, amongst others.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Cleaner, Greener, Safer said: “This campaign recognises the struggle victims face in leaving an abusive relationship and aims to raise awareness that there is help available.
“We operate a very successful multi-agency approach to providing support to both male and female victims of domestic violence, via the Bolton Domestic Abuse Partnership.
“We also provide a range of outreach and follow-on support schemes to victims or potential victims.”
One in four women experience domestic violence at some time in their lives and thousands of children are affected by witnessing or experiencing violence in their homes.
The most harmful abuse is carried out by men against women partners, but abuse can also be carried out by women against men, within same sex relationships and by family members.
To find out more about the support services available in Bolton visit the link on the right hand side.
For advice on dealing with domestic abuse, speak confidentially to a specially trained officer on 0161 872 5050.