Broken Rainbow UK celebrates Human Rights Day 2012 today

Besi Besemar December 10, 2012

Broken Rainbow the national LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline will be celebrating Human Rights Day in Brighton on Monday December 10, 2012 by planting a tree. They will be joined by the Mayor of Brighton for the planting at 4pm.

Domestic Violence denies victims the most fundamental of human rights: life, liberty, bodily integrity, freedom of movement and dignity of the person. It constrains people’s choices, options and behaviour because personal safety features so strongly in routine decision making.

1 in 4 people in same-gender relationships in the UK experience domestic violence1 and 80% of trans people have experienced emotionally, sexually, or physically abusive behaviour by a partner or ex-partner.

The tree planting also comes at a time when there is an increase in the reporting of homophobic  and transphobic hate crime in Brighton & Hove.

Simon Kirby the MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven, raised concerns about community safety in the House of Commons last month.

He said:

“Brighton benefits from a vibrant and diverse city centre which drives the cultural and economic life of a much wider community. It is vital to ensure the area is safe for all residents of the city and visitors who come to enjoy all that Brighton has to offer.”

Phélim MacCafferty, Deputy Leader, Brighton & Hove City Council, is pleased to partner with Broken Rainbow UK in delivering this awareness raising event.

He said:

“Domestic violence destroys too many lives in our city and among the LGBT community. And this is why the work of Broken Rainbow is of incredible importance, and work that we take very seriously. The planting of the ‘solidarity’ tree will help in whatever small way to raise public awareness of survivors of domestic violence and reduce social tolerance of domestic violence.”

Once planted, people will be encouraged to tie messages of support to the tree to show their solidarity for those in our communities who are victims, survivors and have been impacted by domestic violence and hate crime.