During the 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Violence Against Women, we will be sharing 16 ways you can be an ally and do your bit to end violence against women.

On Day 6 of the 16 days, we’re asking you to use your social media platforms to raise awareness about violence against women. So much violence against women, such as domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, FGM, forced marriage or so-called ‘honour’-based violence, takes place behind closed doors.

Even abuse that doesn’t take place in private, such as street harassment, is met with a wall of silence.

We firmly believe that one of the best things you can do as a member of the public to do your part in ending violence against women, is to TALK ABOUT IT. To refuse to sit in shamed silence. Because if there’s anything the #MeToo movement has shown us, it’s that the only people who should be ashamed are the perpetrators themselves.

If you have been affected by domestic or sexual violence, you can get support from our 24 Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline on 0808 802 1414, or from a local Women’s Aid group. Find a group in your area here.