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Stay up to date with our news, campaigns and the work of our amazing volunteers.

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Christmas and New Year contacts

VOICES will be closed for some days over Christmas and New Year. We wish all our wonderful clients, partners and supporters a peaceful and healthy holiday. Please find the details of our opening hours and contact information during the period here. Contact details for other specialist services are available on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/voicescharity

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Survivor-led organisations deserve safe spaces

VOICES is calling for whole community support to ensure organisations created by and for survivors of domestic abuse can flourish in safety.

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A German school’s initiative for safety in public spaces

A vocational school in Hennef, Germany marked the 40th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism with an unusual and inspiring initiative. The institution is one among a national network of “Courage Schools”, and their campaign showed that combatting violence against women and girls is everybody’s business.

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An Overcomer’s Poem

Spiritual faith can be the safe space for many women affected by domestic and sexual violence and abuse. An overcomer of 55 years of domestic abuse wrote this poem about the extra ties that can bind women of faith into abusive relationships, and personal, spiritual resistance.

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Women’s Aid Campaign: DeserveToBeHeard

Women’s Aid are asking decision makers to recognise how domestic abuse affects women’s mental health, and to fund and work with specialist domestic abuse services, to include resourcing for a range of therapeutic and holistic mental health support.

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Overcoming abuse, and how people can represent safe space

A personal perspective on why safe spaces matter, written by an overcomer and VOICES supporter.
Trigger warning: this account contains details of upsetting experiences and abusive behaviours.

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Racism and other intersecting barriers to accessing safety and support

We need to work actively to make spaces and services safe and inclusive for women from all backgrounds and situations, and remove barriers to support due to migrant status, ethnicity, language, neurodiversity, disability and other aspects of lived experience.

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UN Women UK’s campaign Safe Spaces Now

New data, released on 10th March 2021 by UN Women UK, shows that the majority of women and girls in the UK are experiencing sexual harassment in public spaces. They are calling for public spaces to be safe and inclusive for all, now.

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The National Lottery on why safe spaces matter for women and girls affected by trauma

The National Lottery’s research shows that women-centred and trauma-focused initiatives provide particular benefit to victims and survivors of domestic abuse