The #WeareSilent campaign was a campaign in which people had a voice. - the VAWG Peer Champions –for those whose voices were supressed.
As Peer Champions for VAWG we know there are parts of our community who are silenced due to violence in their homes so we used activism to raise awareness and convey the message. We understand that the scale and severity of domestic violence may not be recognised so people do not speak about it on behalf of “victims”; we used our campaign to urge people to stop their silence and speak up.
As an integral part of our campaign on the 8th June, all of the VAWG Peer Champions remained silent for many parts of the day to portray the silence that people have to face on a daily basis.
We used masks which had the message ~StoptheSilence written on them for a visual message for our audience. We printed T shirts displaying our VAWG logo and had different relevant domestic violence statistics on the back.
While staying silent we were also raising funds to donate to local charities helping the victims of domestic abuse. Over the course of a week we were able to raise £683.98.
Prior to the #WeareSilent campaign we had delivered assemblies to all year groups raising awareness of the different aspects of unhealthy relationships. We included LGBT couples and male victims in our role plays.
We gained publicity from Waltham Forest Guardian and Waltham Forest News and have been featured in an article in Teacher magazine.
We hope that through our project and campaigns we have encouraged a person to seek help and not to stay silent if they are experiencing an unhealthy relationship, suffering in a violent domestic situation, or know someone who is.
For more information about VAWG please visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk and search VAWG.
If you are affected by domestic violence, call the national Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247