Get comfortable talking about domestic violence


The Get comfortable talking about it campaign encourages people to think, talk and ask questions about domestic violence and abuse. Launched in 2015, the campaign had an overwhelming response with thousands of people engaging with us on social media, visiting our website, and sharing their experiences.

We are now reminding people to keep talking about domestic violence and abuse, as part of the range of activity happening in Leeds during the international 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign.

We want Leeds to be a city that's comfortable talking about domestic violence and abuse, and where people get the help they need if they are affected by it.

To do this, we need to increase awareness of local support available to people, and better understand some of the challenges and key issues people face.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch so far to ask a question, share a story, or talked about their experience.

If you would like to hear from us directly, please remember to send us an email.

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Please note – if you need help please ring the 24 hour helpline on 0113 2460401, or if you are in immediate danger ring 999.

You can view the trailer for 'Hope' on YouTube. Hope is a new animated film aimed at raising awareness of emotional health and well-being in young people. The film project is being led by Shantona Women’s Centre, in partnership with Space2 and Allerton Grange Secondary School.

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Events during 16 Days of Action

Afternoon tea and chat​

Richmond Hill Community Centre ‘Women coming together’, Tuesday 6 December 1-3pm

A talk by West Yorkshire Police with Jewish Women's Aid
Thursday 1 December
‘An insight into the new laws on controlling and coercive behaviour’

Domestic violence and abuse awareness event
Shantona Women’s Centre, Shepherds Lane

LS8 5AW 25 November 9:00 – 12:00. Guest speaker, refreshments and activities.

This event was attended by approximate 50 Asian women from Harehills community. The event showed three really powerful presentations on forced marriage, domestic violence from a young survivors perspective and domestic violence awareness and available support. They had a young Asian women speaker who explained that her cousin had been subject to a forced marriage some years ago but she fled the family home after a matter of months. She talked about the effect this had on her cousin and the rest of her family. Her cousin was ostracised from the family and this is still maintained many years later. This was followed by fervent interactive discussions with the women about their own understanding and experiences.

Let’s Talk event at Armley Leisure Centre
Tuesday 29 November 10:00 – 12:00

International Day to Eliminate Violence against women – Leeds together Civic Hall Wednesday 30 November 1 – 4pm
Louisa Rodriguez, Erene Hadjiioannou with support from Safer Leeds Domestic Violence Team

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