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Progress Housing Group and South Ribble Women's Refuge Supports 16 Days of Action

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Published by lpriest for Progress Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities

Progress Housing Group and South Ribble Women’s Refuge have been supporting the 16 Days of Action, an international campaign which raises awareness of violence against women.

Over the course of the 16 Days of Action, which began on White Ribbon Day (November 25) also known as the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, and ended on International Human Rights Day (December 10). Progress Housing Group (@ProgressHG) tweeted a message every day highlighting domestic abuse statistics from Lancashire, the support offered by the housing group’s own Women’s Refuge, Clare House, how people could support the campaign and where they can get free and confidential advice 24 hours a day.

Liz Stanton, Manager of South Ribble Women’s Refuge, Clare House, said: “In our local area there are hundreds of women living with domestic violence who do not recognise it, or do not know where to turn. Through taking part in the campaign we hoped to let people know that help is out there for those suffering domestic violence, that it can happen to women of any age and that we can offer support and a safe haven for those wishing to flee an abusive situation.”

South Ribble Women’s Refuge opened its doors in 2000 and has provided a safe haven to over 650 women and their children. The Refuge staff have supported a further 300 women through its community resettlement service.

Clare House is owned and managed by Progress Care Housing Association, part of the Leyland-based Progress Housing Group.

Violence against women and children is a global issue. Around the world more than one in four women are beaten or sexually abused in their lifetime. In the UK, on average two women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner. Worldwide Domestic Abuse is the biggest killer of women aged between the ages of 15 to 44 years old, more than cancer, war or malaria.

If you are concerned about someone who may be at risk of domestic abuse, phone the South Ribble Domestic Helpline in confidence on 01772 435865 or email clarehouse@progressgroup.org.uk.  The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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