Beds joins the rest of the world in the battle to stop abuse

Sexual assault campaign. Library image.
Sexual assault campaign. Library image.

A campaign to put an end to abuse and sexual violence through 16 Days of Action will be embraced in Bedfordshire.

Central Beds Council is joining the rest of the world in raising awareness through the This is Abuse campaign, which aims to prevent 13 to 18-year-old boys and girls from becoming victims or perpetrators of abusive relationships.

It will also help young people to recognise the different types of abuse that can happen within a relationship and will encourage them to re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual abuse and what consent means within their relationships.

Domestic abuse co-ordinator at the council Claire Churchley said: “Sadly, domestic and sexual abuse goes on all over the world. Through these events we are using this international campaign to bring the issue to the forefront of people’s minds across Bedfordshire together with raising awareness of the support that is available.”

As part of the campaign the council’s community safety team is hosting a quiz night on Friday, December 5 at Weston Park, Bedford Road, Wootton.

There will also be a cake sale to raise money for refugees in the local area and to fund advisors that support victims of domestic abuse in Central Beds and Bedford Borough.

To get involved or for more information call Claire Churchley on 0300 300 5168 or Lisa Scott on 0300 300 5733.