The East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) Women's Network has actively participated in the global 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) campaign, hosting two pivotal events aimed at raising awareness and offering support.
The annual campaign, spanning from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day, is a worldwide effort to combat violence and abuse, especially against women and girls.
Event 1: Understanding Coercive Control and Thriving After Domestic Violence
In a powerful and informative session, Rachel Tolfree and Emma McManus led a discussion on the often-hidden dynamics of coercive control on November 28.
They detailed the various forms of this subtle yet damaging form of abuse and highlighted the support available through ELFT's Domestic Abuse Team.
Adding depth to the conversation, colleagues shared their insights into the complex journey of recovery following domestic abuse experiences.
Event 2: Sexual Safety Session with Emma Furlong
Emma Furlong from ELFT took charge of a dedicated session on sexual safety on December 5. Her guidance and expertise provided attendees with crucial knowledge on maintaining sexual safety, understanding consent, and recognising warning signs of sexual abuse.
Elizabeth Hearn, ELFT's Women's Network Lead, commented on the events' impact: "These sessions not only shed light on the critical issues of gender-based violence and sexual safety but also create a space for open dialogue and learning."
"Our goal is to empower individuals with knowledge and resources to support those affected by GBV and foster a culture of safety and respect," added Ruth Cooper ELFT's Women's Network Lead.
ELFT remains committed to ongoing efforts in addressing gender-based violence, offering support and raising awareness on these vital issues, ensuring a safer, more informed community.
More resources are available on the ELFT Women's Staff Network Intranet page. To contact the network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.