Norfolk County Council says no to domestic violence as county-wide …

Norfolk County Council has today pledged its support to an annual county-wide campaign aimed at tackling domestic violence. Norfolk Says No will run throughout this week (23 to 27 November), with events taking place across the county to raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage people to speak out and seek help. Several of the County Council s events will focus on the impact of domestic violence on children and will be led by staff working in the council s early help teams.

An estimated one in four women and one in six men have experienced domestic abuse in their lifetime, with women experiencing a far higher level of repeat incidents than men. Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to be victims of abuse themselves and their experiences can impact on their well-being, development and learning. They are more likely than other children to exhibit aggressive and anti-social behaviour, to be depressed and anxious and to have low self-esteem.

Via its Early Help services, the County Council aims to provide support and advice to families, working alongside partners to help tackle problems before they escalate. It works with families facing a range of difficulties to try to minimise the impact on them and their children. Throughout the campaign, the council s Domestic Abuse Change Coordinators will be organising a range of activities in their areas, as well as highlighting where victims can get support.

Events include a double decker one stop shop in King s Lynn, which will be at the main shopping centre on Wednesday, 25 November from 9am to 2pm. There will be a pledge wall and a hand printing activity for children called These hands are not for hurting. Also on Wednesday, the County Council is working with Victim Support to hold a networking event in Great Yarmouth for those working with children who have lived with domestic abuse.

The event, at the Victim Support offices in Market Row will run from 12.30pm to 1.30pm and will give people a chance to share their ideas and experiences on how to support children who have been affected by violence at home. On Tuesday and Wednesday there will also be an information stand at County Hall and a collection point for Refuge, with staff asked to donate toiletries, books and toys for those fleeing domestic abuse. Ahead of the week, the county council has also been working with students at Framingham Earl School to talk about healthy relationships and the impact of domestic abuse.

James Joyce, Chairman of the Children s Services Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: Domestic violence is far more common than many people think and it can be suffered by anyone from any walk of life. The impact on victims and their children is profound and can be felt both physically and emotionally. Nobody should suffer abuse of any kind and we want to raise awareness of the support and help that is available to people.

We want those suffering from abuse to know that they are not alone help is available. Everyone working with children and families across Norfolk is committed to tackling this issue and ensuring that victims feel able to seek the support they need, as soon as possible. No one should stay silent on domestic abuse or sexual violence.

A full list of events taking place throughout the week is available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/norfolksaysno 1 References ^ www.norfolk.gov.uk/norfolksaysno (www.norfolk.gov.uk)