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Railing Against abuse Nov 25th 2018

Railing Against abuse Nov 25th 2018

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SOROPTIMISTS RAILING AGAINST ABUSE Local women raise awareness of domestic abuse There are many United Nations special days each year, but the one that matters to Soroptimist International of Weston-super-Mare (SI Weston) is 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, when the theme is ORANGE. On this day, for the past three years, supported by Tara Newley Arkle and Soroptimists of the South West Region, the women of SI Weston have drawn attention to domestic abuse.  We dress in orange and hand out ‘Loves me, Loves me not’ bookmarks.  These bookmarks include a checklist to help young people understand that they do not have to tolerate persistent abuse or controlling behaviour in a relationship.  They are already in use by many North Somerset schools. Last year we were joined at the Lord Mayor’s chapel in Bristol by Dame Joan Collins,

Railing against Abuse- Meeting the Police

Railing against Abuse- Meeting the Police

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Three members of Soroptimist international of Weston-super-Mare had a meeting with Det Supt Marie Wright, Avon and Somerset Police Officer with responsibility for investigating Domestic Violence cases. DS Wright was able to reassure the Soroptimists that, despite cuts in funding and manpower,  domestic abuse cases were treated as high priority and she was setting up new initiatives such as a programme for perpetrators of violence.  She was delighted to receive some “Loves me, loves me not” bookmarks for Police officers to hand out where appropriate. Ruth Thomas, SI President, said “Following from our Soroptimists Railing Against Abuse march which took place on November 25th, it was good to meet Det Supt Wright and be assured that the police take domestic violence cases very seriously.  This is important, considering that 2 women every week are killed by their partner or ex-partner”

Dame Joan Collins speaks up for abused Women.

Dame Joan Collins speaks up for abused Women.

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  On November 25th, UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, more than 60 Soroptimists and friends travelled by train from all over the South West to Bristol Temple Meads station.  They marched to the Lord Mayor’s Chapel, distributing bookmarks about respectful relationships to those en route.  At the chapel they were addressed by the Lord Mayor,  the PCC Sue Mountstevens, Jodi Collett of Victim Support, Tara Newley Arkle and her mother Dame Joan Collins. Sue Mountstevens talked about the importance of the issue of domestic abuse and how it was now being taken seriously and investigated by the police. Jodi Collett explained how her organisation supported domestic abuse victims.   Both Tara Arkle and Dame Joan admitted to having been victims of domestic violence.   This event was organised by  Weston-super-Mare Soroptimists and their President Ruth Thomas thanked all those who had participated