At the London Violence Reduction Programme, we recognise that engaging the power of communities is a critical part of the work we do.
On the 25th November. the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, NHSE London Safeguarding team, (in partnership with the Mayor of London), hosted a conference to kickstart 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The day was chaired by Susan Bookbinder, a national broadcaster and lifelong advocate against violence against women and girls.
Hello, my name is Corinne Clarkson and I joined the NHS Violence Reduction programme last summer as a public health specialist after 15yrs as a community midwife most recently working with families traumatised by their experiences of domestic, sexual, wartime, torture and trafficking related violence. In clinical practice I saw how the impact ripples spread from each experience of violence through people’s mental health, intimate relationships, family functioning and expectations of the world. Trauma and violence are intertwined with each able to cause the other – and I am proud to now work on a programme which aims to break that cycle and reduce violence in our city.
The NHS London Violence Reduction Programme is supporting YourStance to recruit a volunteer network of healthcare professionals to teach haemorrhage control and basic life support skills to young Londoners to help tackle serious youth violence in local communities. We have supported Yourstance with their expansion across London boroughs from 2021. Yourstance is just one of the organisations we hope to work with in 2023 to support impact across communities in London. Here we interview YourStance Co-Director Helen Ormrod.