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Norwich rises up against domestic violence

PUBLISHED: 16:51 14 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:51 14 February 2014

Beating the drum for Norwich Rising at the Forum. Photo: Bill Smith

Beating the drum for Norwich Rising at the Forum. Photo: Bill Smith

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The sound of beating drums rang out across Norwich City Centre, as Norwich Rising saw school children, fire fighters, belly dancers and actresses drum for justice.

Friday’s event aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence as part of the One Billion Rising international campaign, which called for one billion people to rise up, in reflection of the UN statistic that one billion women worldwide have been or will be affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. Demonstrations have been taking place all over the world, including various states in Africa and America.

In Norwich, outside The Forum, students from Old Catton Primary school danced to Break the Chain as coordinated by their year six teachers.

Teacher Debbie White said: “We’ve brought all the girls and some of the boys from the year group, to encourage them to stand up for things they think are important.”

Students had been practising for weeks in preparation, but members of the public were invited to brave the cold and join in the drumming on pots, pans, and biscuit tins, to the tune composed by Julian Culpan in Australia, to spell out “Enough is enough” in Morse code.

“There’s a fantastic energy, we’re really making a noise and making an important issue visible. This is a global event, the more we all do the same things across the world the greater the emotional impact.” said Michelle Savage of Norwich Rising and organiser of the demonstration.

Norfolk and Suffolk domestic abuse charity Leeway were invited and Harriet Davis their Marketing representative collected donations during the event.

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, who attended, said: “The way for us all to end violence against women is for us all to come together - children and adults, girls and boys, women and men.”

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