Posted on: Friday 19 November 2021
Residents are being urged to sign up to the #30Challenge to raise awareness of the fact that every day in Gwent, 30 children are affected by domestic abuse involving police.
Torfaen Council is supporting the initiative, which calls on local individuals, businesses, schools, sports teams and community groups to take part in challenges focused on the number 30 between Thursday November 25 and Friday December 10.
Anyone who takes part is asked to share photographs and videos online using the hashtag #30Challenge, as part of White Ribbon Day next week, which marks the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
According to figures from Gwent Police, officers are called to 30 domestic violence incidents a day in Gwent where children are involved.
Domestic abuse can take many forms including physical, coercive control, psychological abuse and financial abuse.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “White Ribbon Day is extremely important to raise awareness of the devastating impact violence against women by men can have, not only on individuals but their families too.
“This year we are encouraging people to take part in a #30Challenge to raise awareness of just how many children and young people are innocent bystanders of domestic abuse incidents.
“The important part is that you support and encourage others to take a stand against violence against women and encourage anyone experiencing abuse to speak out and seek help. Please don’t suffer in silence, help is available.”
The #30Challenge is being organised by Gwent Regional VAWDASV Partnership Board which is a multi-agency collaboration working across Gwent to prevent violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Educational workshops and lesson plans are also being rolled out in schools across Gwent to raise awareness of the importance of healthy relationships with children and young people.
Chief Constable Pam Kelly said: “We all have a part to play to end violence and abuse against women and girls.
“Domestic abuse, and other such crimes leave long lasting effects on survivors, but also those who may witness this behaviour.
“This is even more so when the witnesses are children.
“By standing up to violence we are all protecting women and children, but also ensuring that our future generation grow up in a world where respect for each other is a given.
“If you or anyone you know has been a victim of this crime, please come talk to us.
“We’re here to help you”.
An online support pack is available to download from www.gwent.pcc.police.uk and includes challenge ideas, and suggested content for social media channels.
The Live Fear Free 24/7 helpline is available for anyone affected by abuse and supports victims, survivors and those close to them call 0808 8010 800 or text: 078600 77333.
In an emergency always call 999. To report an incident call 101 or message @gwentpolice social media channels.