UK SAYS NO MORE is a national campaign to raise awareness to end domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK.
UK SAYS NO MORE seeks to unite and strengthen a diverse community of members of the public and organisations nationwide to actively take a stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence under one powerful, visual symbol. The campaign provides open-source tools and resources for individuals and organisations to take action and get involved in making a difference. Together we can challenge the myths and misconceptions around these issues, share resources and information, and ultimately work together to make real positive change.
During UK SAYS NO MORE WEEK 2018, the theme #WhatICanDo was created.
#WhatICanDo emphasises that each one of us can play a significant role in preventing domestic and sexual violence, promoting equality and respect in our communities, schools, universities and workplaces.
Read more about why we need to ask ourselves #WhatICanDo here.
Charter on Prevention
We are asking parliamentarians to stand with us and sign our Charter on Prevention which calls for key areas of the Domestic Abuse Bill, with a focus on prevention. In UK SAYS NO MORE WEEK, Over 100 parliamentarians (MPs, Lords and Baronesses) backed the campaign as champions and we hosted a parliamentary rally. We will continue to advocate with our parliamentary champions until the Domestic Abuse Bill meets these requirements. Read more about the Charter on Prevention here.
UK SAYS NO MORE Recommendation Included In Home Affairs Committee Domestic Abuse Report – Statement
In May, our Charter on Prevention called for MPs and parliamentarians to ensure the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill has a stronger focus on prevention. This includes better mental health support for children who have experienced domestic abuse in order to break the cycle, the new Domestic Abuse Commissioner ensuring education and awareness of domestic abuse is present in schools and beyond, and for all employers to acknowledge that ending domestic abuse is everyone’s business. You can read the full Charter on Prevention here.
We’re pleased to see that part of the new Home Affairs Committee report on domestic abuse takes our recommendation on board, focusing specifically on the impact of domestic abuse on children. Our response asked for children who have experienced domestic abuse to receive protected status on NHS waiting lists, meaning that children who have had to move home or change schools for safety reasons will not have their opportunity to receive prompt medical care removed. It’s positive to see that this is being considered.
In addition, it’s positive to see a change in language when it comes to children and domestic abuse. Currently, language used states that children ‘witness’ domestic abuse in the home, but this implies a detachment from the situation. Studies have consistently found that around 65-77% of households where women are subject to domestic abuse, children are also physically maltreated. And even still, if children aren’t abused themselves, the psychological impact of what they have been exposed to is profound and has a lasting, detrimental effect. We’re careful to always use the term ‘experience’ when talking about children and domestic abuse, as this is the hard-hitting reality. It’s good to see that the Home Affairs Committee has followed our use of language and recommendation to escalate the focus of domestic abuse and children, with the report also now using the term ‘experience’.
With the forthcoming domestic abuse bill on the horizon, we hope to see more of our asks included, so we can stop domestic abuse before it starts.
Read the full Home Affairs Committee report here.
As part of our University Training Programme, we developed and delivered training to over 130 young men and boys in 2016 and in 2018-2019 are set to develop this further with more universities. 4 of our inspiring Student Ambassadors took part in a series of videos where they talk about their own reasons for joining the campaign and why it matters that they talk about domestic abuse and sexual violence.
We’re proud to partner with Uber and share this new educational video about preventing sexual violence, as part of their ongoing commitment to drive change.
NO MORE excuses
To launch UK SAYS NO MORE, we created a series of PSA videos and print ads featuring celebrities including Eddie Izzard, Alison Steadman, Andy Serkis and Kanya King.
We also created 2 print ad campaigns, one featuring the above celebrities, and the second featuring our NFL Ambassadors, NFL players and staff. In 2016 we delivered awareness training around domestic violence and sexual assault to over 130 young men aged 13-24 at Royal Holloway University, whereby Peer Ambassadors were trained to continue the training to their peers.
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