Cambridge Domestic Violence Action Group

Say NO - UNiTE


Check out the UN's ongoing campaign to end violence against women around the world. Fascinating and terrifying statistics and also advice on how to take positive action to make a change to the condition of women.

P.S. on International Women's Day yesterday DVA held a penny-drop to raise money for Refuge, at the Sidgwick site, Cambridge. Thank you to those who donate their spare change - it will no doubt contribute to the protection and support of women and children suffering from domestic violence in Cambridge.

Stop Violence Against Women: Free Lunch, Training and Action, 12th February 2011


Hosted by the CUSU Women's Campaign, Cambridge Amnesty International, and the Domestic Violence Action Group, this event includes the launch of the HIDDEN MARKS REPORT, detailing violence against female students. It will be held at the Cafe Project on Jesus Lane, Saturday 12th February 2011, between 12.30 and 2.30pm.

For full details, please see the Facebook event page:!/event.php?eid=198713030143751&notif_t=event_invite

White Ribbon Day and CUSU Stop Violence Against Women Week - 22 - 26 November 2010


25 November has been declared the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by the UN. Women activists have marked the day since 1981. You can celebrate White Ribbon day by organising an event in your college, raising money for VAW charities, or simply by wearing the ribbon. No matter what you do, please do something to mark the occasion.

The White Ribbon symbolises the wearer's rejection of VAW and commitment to the campaign, as well as personal rejection of domestic, and other forms of, violence. Look out for stalls selling white ribbons around Cambridge this week: proceeds will go to various groups which work to end violence against women, such as Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre and the Darfuri Women's Network.

Keep checking here and on CUSU's women's page for more details on the events taking place during the week-long campaign in Cambridge and for ways that you can get involved -

REFUGE - Four Ways to Speak Out Campaign


The Refuge and Avon "Four Ways to Speak Out Campaign" and has already been a big success, with over 7650 signatures for their petition. But they are still a little short of their target of 10,000 - add your name to help reach this goal in time for its submission to the Government on 25 November 2010 at Copy this link to your facebook profile or tweet it - help make a real difference to women and children living in fear of domestic violence.

Valentine's Day

Sunday 14th February 2010

We'll be out and about in town on Valentine's night, selling roses for that special someone! This is an important fundraising initiative for the society, so if you can spare an hour from 7.30 to help us out, please contact Sonya on !

CUSU Women's Forum

Wednesday 25th November
Location TBC

Wednesday is the International Day to Stop Violence against Women- get ready to take action against gender based violence with a whole week of Stop Violence Against Women events. Women's reps and campaigners from across the University will come together at Women's Forum to shape how the CUSU Women's Campaign can fight violence against women. We will combine discussion, education and practical skills training to make this session useful and effective.

Location TBC, check the CUSU Women's website for updates and the week-long programme of Stop Violence Against Women events happening around the University, as well as the CUSU petition for your Right to Light on the streets of Cambridge! Email to find out how to get involved and to join the email list.

 Film Showing: "Provoked: A True Story"

The Cambridge Domestic Violence Action Group, in conjunction with Cambridge Amnesty International, will be showing  'Provoked': an incredible film about a Punjabi woman, Kiranjit Ahluwalia, who endures attacks from her husband and with the help of Southall Black Sisters, an NGO which fights against domestic violence, finds justice. This is a true story and lays the foundations for Stop Violence Against Women week in week 8.

The film will be shown at 20:00 on Thursday 19th November at Trinity College. Entry is FREE and refreshments will be provided.

Provoked is the true story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia, a Punjabi woman who moved to London after her marriage with Deepak Ahluwalia. Her husband seemed caring at first but then began to beat her up. He started drinking a lot and sleeping around with other women. he also subjected her to spousal rape. After ten years and having two children with him, out of fear, she sets him on fire while he is sleeping, two hours after another scene of domestic violence. He succumbs to the injuries ans she is sentenced to prison for life for premeditated murder. However the Southall Black Sisters, an NGO which fights against domestic violence helps her get justice. And after spending 3 1/2 years in jail, she is set free and reunited with her two children.
Click here to view the trailer.