AN actor is highlighting domestic violence murders in the UK with a remembrance march to Downing Street next month.
Claire Moore, who is currently starring in the play Lady in Red, has organised the Dead Women Walking march from her home in Preston.
The 46-year-old said: “The number of women murdered by their partners and ex- partners in the UK is an indictment of civilised society.
“Domestic violence accounts for a quarter of all violent crime in the UK with approximately two women a week being murdered.
“For the last few years I have been listing the names and ages of women killed through domestic violence as part of a display we take on tour.
“People are often shocked to see the list and wonder why they didn’t know this was happening – these murders rarely make front page news, because they are commonplace and not considered ‘newsworthy’ – I want to change that”
This DeadWomenWalking walk to Downing Street is a remembrance walk to raise awareness of the women behind the statistics of domestic violence murders.
It will take place on Sunday November 23 to coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women that week.
Anyone who’d like to support the march can do so here – http://www.gofundme.com/ecv590
Claire, who is Director Certain Curtain Theatre Company, is hoping to raise £1,000 which will go towards insurance, printing costs and other essentials to make the march a reality.
So far more than £700 has been donated.
She added: “I’ve never done anything like this before. With the theatre company we explore difficult issues and use theatre to train professionals around the issues of domestic violence – but I’ve not arranged a march before.
“Hopefully 130 to 150 people will take part – anyone wanting to join can contact me to take part.”
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