20 November 2017
16 Days of Action, 25 November – 10 December16 Days of Action is an annual global campaign that runs every year from 25 November to 10 December, and aims to eliminate violence and abuse against women and girls. Leeds City Council and partners have supported the campaign in Leeds since 1999, taking the opportunity to raise awareness of all forms of domestic violence and abuse, and to make sure anyone affected by domestic violence and abuse gets the help they need. This year, we are working with West Yorkshire Police to help more people recognise controlling and coercive behaviour as domestic abuse, and to encourage people to tell someone if they are worried about themselves or someone they know. Saturday 25 November is also international White Ribbon Day, an event which encourages men and boys to make a stance against all forms of violence and abuse towards women and girls. There will be lots of activity happening in Leeds on this day and during 16 days of Action to support the theme of coercive and controlling behaviour, and asking people to make a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about abuse against women and girls. Please support these campaigns during 16 Days of Action by following us on social media @YourCommunity and @SaferLeeds and sharing through your own channels, or by sharing any activity you are doing using #16DaysofActionLeeds. You can also download campaign resources and find out more about what’s happening across Leeds during 16 Days of Action at www.leedsdomesticviolenceandabuse.co.uk.