Hackney women are Blooming Strong


Hackney Council is supporting Standing Together’s Blooming Strong campaign by presenting a variety of women across the borough with a single flower, and signposting residents to Hackney’s domestic abuse support services.

The Blooming Strong campaign celebrates the strength of women who have survived gender-based violence and aims to encourage others that they also have the strength to survive, leave, move forward and recover from domestic abuse.

The campaign coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Saturday 25 November and the following 16 days of activism calling for an end to the violence and abuse that affects an estimated one in four women in her lifetime.

Tackling domestic abuse and eliminating violence against women is one of the Council’s top priorities. There will be a number of events in Hackney aiming to raise public awareness throughout the 16 days of activism which ends on 10 December, Human Rights Day.

It is a shocking fact that in England and Wales seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner. Violence against women in London also paints a bleak picture. In 2015 the Metropolitan Police Service recorded that 25% of all violent crime in the capital was domestic abuse. 29% of recorded rapes were perpetrated as part of domestic abuse.

Women are much more likely than men to be victims of domestic abuse; male violence against women accounts for 85% of domestic abuse cases reported to the police.

The Council works across directorates and in many different ways to tackle gender-based violence in the borough. The Domestic Abuse Intervention Service works closely with Council colleagues, the police, health services and 3rd sector partner agencies to protect victims of abuse and bring perpetrators to justice as well as raising awareness across professional networks about how to recognise and respond to abuse.



Cllr Rebecca Rennison,  Cabinet Member with responsibility for Domestic Abuse
Hackney Council has a zero tolerance approach to gender-based violence and is clear that there is no space for violence against women and girls in Hackney.

We take a holistic approach to tackling domestic abuse, working closely with victims of abuse, partner organisations and women's charities to help end the cycle of abuse.

It can be very difficult for people to tell others that they are suffering. By presenting a variety of women with a single flower, we want to encourage victims of domestic violence to know that they have the strength and resilience to survive, and that when they’re ready, we’re here for them.
Cllr Rebecca Rennison, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Domestic Abuse

The Council, Homerton Hospital and third sector partner agencies, will be hosting a series of events to coincide with the 16 days of action – details of which are below and published on the Hackney Council website.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can contact Hackney Council's Domestic Abuse Intervention Service directly, or ask someone such as your health visitor, doctor, housing worker or social worker to refer you. If you are not ready to provide your details, the service is still happy to speak to you about your experiences, explain any limits on confidentiality and offer information and advice. You can also contact the service if you are using violence and abuse and want to get help to stop your behaviour. You can contact the team on 020 8356 4458; dais@hackney.gov.uk or visit www.hackney.gov.uk/domestic-violence. Anyone needing help or support can also contact the 24-hour free national helpline on 0808 2000 247. In an emergency always call 999.

Information stalls

Find out more about domestic abuse and local services:

  • Friday 24 November, 10am-4pm, Hackney Service Centre, main entrance – with staff from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Service

Public Events

  • Heart for peace: come paint with us

Tuesday 28 November, drop-in 10am-5pm, Hackney Women's Forum

Contact: 07950 220214 or hackneywomenforum@yahoo.co.uk

  • Change makers: portrait exhibition and talk

Friday 1 December, 6-7pm, Latin American Women’s Aid

Contact: 07462 191700 or jael@lawadv.org.uk

  • Sistah Space: The African heritage perspective on domestic and sexual abuse

Thursday 7 December, 5-7.30pm, Hackney Museum

Book via Eventbrite

  • Free film screening and discussion: The Colour Purple

Friday 8 December, 6-9pm, Hackney Picturehouse

Book via Eventbrite

  • Rise community action: end domestic violence

Saturday 9 December, 2-5pm, Hackney CVS

Contact: 07528 793863

Events for Young People

Saturday 25 November, 12-3pm, Latin American Women’s Aid

Contact Jael Garcia to book your space at jael@lawadv.org.uk or call 07462191700.

  • Young Hackney young women’s group and young men’s group

Tuesday 28 November, 6-8.30pm, The Edge Youth Hub

No booking required, contact: 020 8356 1063.

  • Young Hackney young women’s group and young men’s group

Tuesday 5 December, 6-8.30pm, Forest Road Youth Hub

No booking required, contact: 020 8356 2200.