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Women and Girls experience disproportionate amount of violence from their male counterparts and from other sectors of society.

These forms of violence include domestic violence and abuse, rape, forced marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual exploitation through the sex industry and other forms of sexual harassments at the workplace and in the public domain.

According to Thames Valley Police, the latest figures revealed that between 2019 and 2020,  there had been 26,651 reported domestic abuse related cases within Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire.

This is an alarming revelation and requires urgent action hence the need to understand why and how we should care about the effects of such on women.

Domestic violence can lead to several mental health issues such as trauma, depression, abuse chronic illness, suicide attempts, eating disorder, drinking problems among others.

How can women protect themselves in 10 ways or help others against domestic violence and abuse:

  1. Listen and believe survivors
  2. Teach the next generation learn from them
  3. Call for responses and services fit for purpose.
  4. Understand consent.
  5. Learn the signs of abuse and how can you help them.
  6. Start a conversation.
  7. Stand against rape culture
  8. Funds women’s organisation
  9. Hold each other accountable
  10. Know the data and demand  more of it .

Support and helpline to anyone who is suffering from domestic violence and abuse: The domestic abuse helpline is open 24 hours a day – 0808 2000 247 https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

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