COMMUNITY groups and councils have joined forces to raise awareness of domestic violence.
Southern Domestic Abuse Services and Fareham Borough Council are among those involved in the push, timed to coincide with Domestic Violence Month.
Fareham’s Community Safety Partnership chairman Councillor Trevor Cartwright and representitives from Hampshire Fire and Rescue met with members of SDAS, which runs refuges for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Cllr Cartwright and others painted their handprints in the shape of a white ribbon to show their support for the campaign.
Cllr Cartwright said: ‘It was an honour to meet the staff from the local Fareham refuge.
‘We stand together as Fareham’s Community Safety Partnership and work with the police, fire service and SDAS in helping to reduce violent crime and help survivors of domestic abuse and their families.’
SDAS chief executive Claire Chatwin said people needed to think more about domestic violence.
Ms Chatwin said: ‘SDAS and its clients, who have survived domestic abuse, are delighted to participate in this awareness-raising event.
‘We should all be empowered to discuss the issues of violence, exploitation and abuse.
‘We can, and must, create an environment where gender-based violence is unacceptable. We must listen to the voices of survivors and work towards a world without domestic abuse.’
The council made a home available to victims of domestic abuse in September as part of the Hampshire Making Safe Scheme, a project that aims to provide 47 refuges across Hampshire.