Candlelit march

Thursday 28th November 2019

Next Link is inviting people to join its candlelit march to highlight the number of women and children affected by Domestic Abuse and Rape and Sexual Abuse. The march highlights the United Nation’s International Elimination of Violence against Women’s day.

Two women die and one child loses its mother every week, in the UK as a result of Domestic Abuse. What is also deeply disturbing is that there will be nearly 5000 recorded incidents of Domestic Abuse this year in Bristol and we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg as many women do not report it.

This is also the case with rape, we know that one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape yet statistics show that 40% of women who are raped tell no one about it. The purpose of the candle lit procession is to raise public awareness of domestic abuse and rape and let victims know the services that can help them.

The procession will leave Next Link, 5 Queen Square BS1 5JQ at 4.30pm and make its way to College Green.

Here, at 5pm, two larger candles will be lit by survivors to symbolise the two women who die each week through domestic abuse in this country. There will also be a minutes silence for gatherers to pay their respects to those whose lives have affected by domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault.

Please come and join us!
If you can please bring a jam jar or portable tealight holder- if not these will be provided alongside hot chocolate before the march

For more details contact sarah.o’leary@nextlinkhousing.co.uk or rosa.watkin@missinglinkhousing.co.uk