White Ribbon Day: Islington residents say no to domestic violence

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Islington councillors and women’s support agencies demonstrated against domestic violence in Holloway this Friday to mark the international White Ribbon Day.

Councillors Andy Hull and Kaya Comer-Schwartz kickstarted the event, followed by detective superintendent Treena Fleming from the Met police’s safeguarding department.

Fleming, in partnership with the local community, offered support and advice to attendees on combatting domestic violence against women.

There are 6,500 girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  in London, according to Fleming.

Fleming told people to report any potential abuse to the police, urging locals to use the “wealth of support agencies” in the borough.

“We know sometimes it is hard,” she added.

“If you spot a sign of abuse on any adult, any child, [of] any gender, tell us about it… Then we can take action to protect that person safely.”

The event was attended by members of the public and more than twenty support organisations, including Manor Gardens Islington, a charity actively fighting against FGM, and St Giles Trust, a charity helping disadvantaged youth to increase their employability.

Free workshops were also given by substance misuse support organisation Change, Grow, Live and by Family First – Domestic Abuse Recovery Team on how to help women strengthen their understanding of healthy relationships.