16 Days of Action

Redditch Borough Council, working alongside Worcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse, organised several events to mark the 16 Days of Action campaign 2012. Worcestershire Forum Logo

16 Days of Action is an international campaign to raise awareness of violence against women. The campaign was launched globally on White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2012 , also known as the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It ran until Monday 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

In Redditch, the theme for the 2012 16 Days of Action campaign was “These hands are not for hurting”. We asked residents to sign up to our pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Domestic abuse can affect women and men of any age. Anyone who believes they are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence, or knows someone who might be, can obtain free and confidential advice 24 hours a day from the Worcestershire Women’s Aid Domestic Abuse Helpline on telephone  0800 980 3331 or the Men’s Advice Line on telephone  0808 801 0327.

2012 Events

These Heels Are Made For Walking - 30 November

A walk around Redditch town centre - with a difference! Called “These Heels Are Made For Walking”, the walk involved over 30 local men walking a mile in women’s shoes as a public pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about domestic abuse and sexual violence against women or girls.

Redditch Borough Council is looking to run the event again in 2013 and will again be asking for men to register to take part. Participants can wear any type of women’s shoes (it doesn’t have to be high heels!). Shoes can be supplied if required. Refreshments, plasters and encouragement will be available on the day as well as a goody bag for each participant.

To take part in 2013, email email iconcommunitysafety@redditchbc.gov.uk with your name, the number of men in your group and, if you can’t supply your own, what size shoes you need.

These Hands Are Not For Hurting - Public Banner

Individuals from a number of local organisations and members of the public committed to placing their painted handprints onto a large community banner showing that "these hands are not for hurting".

Each of the organisations taking part produced one piece of the banner. These were stitched together to create a single large banner, to show our solidarity in our stand against domestic abuse and sexual violence.

While on public display in the Kingfisher Centre, over 200 people painted their hands and added to the banner to make the pledge - a fantastic response. It showed just how much the people of Redditch care about the issue of domestic abuse.

A piece of the banner is now permanently on display in the Council Chamber at Redditch Town Hall.

Christmas Carol Concert - 10 December 6pm - 7pm

A Christmas Carol Concert was held at Church Green. People at the concert continued to show their support for the 16 Days of Action campaign.

Video & Audio

Watch our videos You tube logo

Hear the experiences of domestic abuse survivors and local support workers:

Redditch Councillors - 16 Days of Action pledge:

Listen to our audio case studiesMp3 Icon

Story 5 - Please ask me (By Alice):

(Please note this story was heard at the Council Meeting dated, 27th November 2012)

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Contact the Community Safety Team

For more information about the 16 Days of Action campaign in Redditch or how to get involved, contact the Redditch Community Safety Team.


You can also follow the council on Twitter Twitter   or search for 16 Days of Action tweets using #16daysRedditch

 www Related Links
right arrow greenWorcestershire Forum Against Domestic Abuse www
right arrow greenStonham Domestic Violence Services www
right arrow greenWorcestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre www
right arrow greenWest Mercia Women's Aid www
right arrow greenRefuge www
right arrow greenWomen's Aid www
right arrow greenCentre for Women's Global Leadership - 16 Days campaign www
right arrow greenWest Mercia Police www
right arrow greenCo-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse www

Alternatively free and confidential advice is provided 24 hours a day by the Worcestershire Women’s Aid Domestic Abuse Helpline on:

telephone  0800 980 3331

or the Men’s Advice Line on: 

telephone  0808 801 0327.

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