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Action on domestic abuse

Action on domestic abuse
24 November 2021

AN international campaign aimed at tackling domestic abuse begins tomorrow.

The council is backing the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence, which runs from 25 November to 10 December.

One in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic abuse in their lives.  It is so important that every member of our community knows what domestic abuse is and how to access support.  Services can be accessed by everyone and no one should live with abuse.

A programme of events is planned to take place across Darlington during the 16 Days of Action. These include events run by the council, partner organisations and charities.  Most events are available virtually however some will take place in the community.

On Thursday 25 November, Family Help refuge and Darlington Soroptimists will be setting up stalls in the indoor market, Dolphin Centre and Cornmill Centre, marking the start of the 16 Days of Action.

This campaign is just one part of a bigger awareness raising programme being run by the council across Darlington.  We need to bring domestic abuse out from behind closed doors and tackle it as a community.   

Councillor Jonathan Dulston, Deputy Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and there are many different forms of abuse, whether that is physical, sexual, emotional, financial, psychological or cultural.

“Abuse is never OK and the person being abused is never to blame. I am proud that this council is signed to promoting the 16 Days of Action to shine a spotlight on this important issue."

For details of local and national services, visit

If you would like to feedback to the council or get involved in the domestic abuse awareness raising campaign, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

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