A group of family law experts from Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP have donned their dancing shoes to show love and support for female victims of violence.
The firm’s family law team joined organisations across the city at a Valentine’s Day Flash Dance in the Peace Gardens to demand an end to the abuse and exploitation of women.
An hour-long celebration of music and dance was held at lunchtime as part of the V Day campaign organised by global movement, One Billion Rising. It was one of a series of events taking place across the UK and comprised music from a samba band, dance displays and a collective rendition of the ‘Break the Chain’ routine.
Michaela Heathcote, head of family law at Taylor&Emmet, said: “We see first-hand the devastating physical and emotional effects of domestic abuse and feel passionately about drawing attention to the plight of those subjected to violence and intimidation. By gathering together for such an uplifting, fun-filled event, we are demonstrating our solidarity with women and girls caught up in these situations and showing there are people out there who care about their welfare.”
Sheffield Rising claims that South Yorkshire Police are called to 1,000 domestic abuse incidents in Sheffield each month and 33,000 across the region in a year. It also states 6,000 women and girls are subjected to sexual assault in the city annually.
Taylor&Emmet’s family law team works closely with local domestic violence units to help victims of abuse seek redress through the legal system. For more information, telephone (0114) 218 4000, visit www.tayloremmet.co.uk or follow the firm on Twitter @tayloremmet. To learn more about the V Day campaign, visit www.onebillionrising.org