25 November 2017 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. To mark this, Esmée-funded organisation Home Truths, based in Swindon, have worked with survivors to make an important film to show what life is really like for women who experience domestic abuse here in the UK, now, today.
It was made to raise awareness of the complexities of domestic abuse and to highlight the fact that the most serious violence happens after separation. 67% of women killed by their ex-partner or ex-spouse between Jan 2009 and Dec 2015 were killed within the first year following separation*.
Perpetrators of domestic abuse continue to control, abuse and manipulate survivors, children, wider family, friends and professionals even after the victim has left the relationship. Ending the relationship does not guarantee an end to the abuse and survivors and victims continue to need support.
HOMETRUTHS supports survivors in the Swindon area who are still with an abusive partner, those who have left and are being harassed by an ex-partner and they support survivors who have a history of domestic abuse from the past that still affects them today.
If you are watching this film from elsewhere in the UK and need help or support please contact the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Free Helpline 0808 2000 247.
*Women’s Aid: Femicide Census January 2017
21 January 2020
Tel: 020 7812 3700
Charity No. 200051