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Women lost to domestic violence remembered in vigil

Women lost to domestic violence remembered in vigil

Published by Emma Carton at 7:50am 6th December 2019. (Updated at 8:09am 6th December 2019)

Cornwall is holding a special vigil to remember the women and children lost after domestic violence.

Candles will be lit outside Truro Cathedral on Friday evening.

That will be followed by a female-only 'Reclaim the Night' march to demand safer streets.

It comes as figures show one victim in the UK is being killed by a partner or ex-partner, every three days.

The event, being organised by the Women's Centre in the Duchy, is one of dozens being held across the country.

Reclaim the Night
Cornwall is holding a candlelit vigil to remember the women and children lost after domestic violence. Photo: Women's Centre

"Sadly, and unfortunately, it's as relevant now as it was back in the seventies.

"We still live, in 2019, in a society in the UK where one woman is killed every three days by a partner or ex-partner.

"There has been a rise in women feeling unsafe due to street harrassment and sexual harrassment.

"Reports of rape and sexual violence are at an all-time high yet conviction rates are at an all-time low; just 1.7% of all rapes end in a conviction.

"So very sadly, that fight and those decades of fighting and coming together and wanting to apply pressure for equality and safety - we haven't shifted very far.

"What we're faced with, really essentially, is a humanitarian crisis when we look at those numbers and people, on the whole, want to do something about that.

"So it creates a space and a platform and an arena for people to hear that shared message and claim the safety of streets".

Bec Bayliss, Women's Centre

How can I get involved?

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The vigil in Truro will be followed by a 'Reclaim the Night' march to demand safer streets. Photo: Women's Centre

The candlelit vigil is open to everyone and will take place at 6pm at Truro Cathedral.

Following the vigil, a female-only 'Reclaim the Night' march will take place through the streets from 7pm.

It is demanding safer streets and an end to violence against women.

This event is organised and supported by The Women's Centre Cornwall as part of the 16 Days of Action from 25th November 2019 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to 10th December 2019 - Human Rights Day.

You can read more here.

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