Council lights up buildings in support of Domestic Abuse campaign

Westmorland and Furness Council is lighting up its buildings to support this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

Council buildings across Westmorland and Furness are being lit up in orange over the next two weeks to show support for the campaign which aims to raise awareness about the impact of domestic abuse. Illuminated buildings include Penrith Town Hall, Kendal Town Hall and Barrow Town Hall.

The annual global campaign, which runs until Sunday 10 December, brings together partners across Westmorland and Furness including Cumbria Police and the NHS, to highlight the breadth of services available to victims and survivors of domestic abuse through a comprehensive social media campaign.

Domestic abuse includes:

  • coercive control
  • emotional abuse
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • harassment or stalking
  • online abuse

Help and support is available for anyone affected by these issues. For more information visit our website.

In an emergency, if someone is at risk or a crime is in progress, always dial 999.

Councillor Patricia Bell, Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Care, said:

“Domestic abuse does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of gender, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

“If you are a victim or survivor of domestic abuse and unsure of your next steps, Westmorland and Furness has services available to you that can help provide safety and reassurance for you and any dependents you may have. You are not alone.

“Along with our partners including Cumbria Police and the NHS, we are committed to helping keep all our residents safe, healthy and independent.”



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