Pledge your palm and #SpeakUp about domestic abuse.

People in Barnsley are being encouraged to pledge their palm and Speak Up about domestic abuse on Wednesday 28 November. 

Speak Up is a joint project with IDAS (Independent domestic abuse services) and Barnsley Council that encourages people to speak about issues in their relationship and domestic abuse. 

People are invited to come along and sign their name on the ‘Speak Up’ hoardings on Eldon Street or stamp their palm with the ‘Speak Up’ logo and post on social media to show their support and let people know there is someone there for them. 

By raising awareness, it gives people the confidence to make a stand and to ‘Speak Up’ about their experiences of abusive, unhealthy relationships.

Sam Goulding, Project Manager at IDAS, said: “We would love to see people come along to the event and show some Barnsley solidarity around really embracing a no tolerance approach to domestic abuse. We want as many people as possible to attend and share the message on social media.”

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said; “I encourage everyone to visit Barnsley Town Centre on 28 November to pledge their support. If we all share the message, we can make sure everyone knows that there is help in Barnsley. No one needs to suffer alone. Support is there with IDAS.”

IDAS and Barnsley Council continue to remind people to Speak Up if they are experiencing domestic abuse or suspect they know someone who might be. It also aims to raise awareness of the lesser-recognised forms of abuse and the local support available. For more information visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/speakup or call IDAS on 03000 110 110

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