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Reclaim The Night in Dorchester

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Published at 4:58pm 8th November 2018.

Women and men are being invited to march through Dorchester later this month in a stand against Domestic Violence.

Reclaim the Night is organised by the Women's Action Network Dorset to raise awareness of the vulnerability people face through abuse in the home.

Referrals to Dorset police continue to rise, and in 2017 they were the highest they'd ever been.

The event will link in with the UN's "International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women" held each year on 25th November.



The main event of the evening will be a short march through the Dorchester streets to 'Reclaim the Night'.

The money raised from the auction will go to support the Dorset Women's Crisis and Information Centre and to The Shores (the Dorset Sexual Assault Referral Centre) in Bournemouth to support their valuable work. In 2017, we raised over £650 at the event (including a couple of generous donations).

Laura Hillier, WAND core group member, said "I'm extremely proud to work with WAND, because of the amazing work they do for women in Dorset. Reclaim the Night fits in with WAND's overall approach of being a 'social, serious, and supportive' organisation. It's a really fun night with a great atmosphere, but the event also gives us the opportunity to speak out against crimes committed disproportionately against women and girls. The money raised is going to some incredibly deserving causes, which provide crucial services for women affected by abuse and assault."



Last year there were 5,892 domestic abuse crimes recorded, which is a 12% rise from 2016 figures. However, an 84% conviction rate was achieved - Dorset Police's domestic abuse conviction rate (in both Crown and Magistrates courts) tends to sit above the national average throughout the year. From January to the end of September 2018, there have been 4,934 recorded domestic abuse crimes in Dorset.*

Tracey West, local author and broadcaster and proud Patron of the Women's Action Network Dorset says she always looks forward to attending this liberating and vibrant event.

She explains "It's always a challenge to find the right words to talk about the Reclaim the Night in Dorchester. It is undoubtedly a very special night where united voices make a positive noise to say, 'Enough is enough' but I'd like not to have to write them at all. I'd love domestic violence to be a thing of the past, as would many other women in Dorset who are faced with a clear and present danger every day. Speaking out is really the only way to bring it to an end. Please consider coming to our Reclaim the Night event and joining the rising number of women and men who are all saying NO! We hope you can join us."

We are again welcoming anyone who wishes to contribute towards ending violence against woman - so this will not be a female only event - it is open to everyone.  So please come along to our friendly event which promises a fun evening despite its serious message.  

For more information or if you would like to make a donation to the charity auction please contact wanddorset@gmail.com or call 01305 819463.

More information is available at www.wandwomen.org.uk or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fantasticdorsetwomen

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