A NEWCASTLE care home joined the international community in a show of support for the elimination of violence against women.
Elderly residents and staff at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, all wore white ribbons in participation.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was designated by the United Nations (UN) general assembly and has gained support around the world.
The care home held discussions among staff, residents and visitors on why the UN declared the day, during which some shared their own experiences.
Resident Cathy Callway said: “It’s really good that we think about things like this and women who are still suffering domestic violence.”
Resident Veronica White added: “I used to work in the community and know that these things happen. No one should ever hit a woman and I’m glad that someone’s trying to stop violence against women.”
Julie Booth, home manager of Waverley Lodge Care Home, on Bewick Crescent, said: “We had a lot of support for the International Day of Violence Against Women from the staff, residents and their relatives.
“Showing our support and joining in these national and international days not only helps to raise awareness but also ensures our residents can have their say and feel connected to the world around them.
“The white ribbons sparked a lot of discussion among the residents, who found it both interesting and therapeutic to share their own experiences.
“Encouraging conversation and debate has a dramatic effect on their mood, sociability, confidence and activity levels. We’ve never seen them so animated than when they’re discussing something they are passionate about or have experienced.”