Siyanda Development Trust, a Stockport based Diaspora led organisation is launching a Domestic Violence Awareness Project in March 2018.
You may ask why Domestic Violence? Well because Domestic Violence is still prevalent than never before! It affects women and men regardless of race, social standing, and sexual orientation. The project will run for 12 months and will include a film documentary of survivors sharing their stories, workshops to be held across the borough and pop up stalls at festivals highlighting the issue.
According to national statistics one woman in four will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime; each year 1.4 million women and 700,000 men suffer some form of domestic violence while each 100,000 people in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse.
National statistics indicate that BME women are more disproportionately affected than white women. Their situation is compounded by the fact that rarely access services designed to support victims of domestic violence because of a myriad of factors including language barriers, lack of information of what is available, effect on status if refugees or asylum seekers, fear to speak out because of the perceived shame it brings to families and/or becoming ostracised by their communities if they report the abuse.
There is also increasing evidence to suggest that men too are also becoming victims of domestic violence of a different kind. As a result victims suffer in silence and consequently develop mental health problems including depression and in some instances suicide. Moreover domestic violence has a negative impact on the family particularly children.
Through the project, Siyanda Development aims to raise awareness of Domestic Violence, highlighting issues faced by black women, refugees and men with the view of initiating conversations on how best to support BME individuals experiencing domestic violence.
As such we would like to hear from you, listen to your views, thoughts about the subject, be it as a survivor of domestic violence, of knowing someone affected by it or a professional by contacting us on our:
Via our website – www.siyandatrust.org.uk
Your information will be treated with uttermost confidentiality. We look forward to hearing from you!