Around 18,000 people in Sheffield suffer from domestic abuse

A patchwork quilt commemorating women who have died from domestic homicides between 2009 and 2015 was on display in Sheffield Winter Garden yesterday.

It is made up of 598 patches with the names the women killed by their partners or ex-partners in England and Wales over the six year period.

It was the first time it has been unveiled outside the Houses of Parliament after this year’s International Women’s Day in March.

The Women’s Quilt was display on 6 December

Roxanne Ellis, founder of The Women’s Quilt Project, said the demonstration was to “raise the awareness of how many women are killed by their partners, which is an average of two a week.

“It is a staggering figure but when you just see it written down, it doesn’t mean as much, it is just a number.

“The quilt itself which is designed to give them their names back and to make people realise it is not just number, it is life.”

Sheffield has the lowest rate of domestic abuse in the biggest cities outside of London (in England and Wales).

Alison Higgins, Sheffield City Council domestic abuse strategy manager said: “About 6000 women in Sheffield are seeking help each year but they think there are around 18,000 people affected every year in the city.”

Coun Cate McDonald, Sheffield cabinet member for health and social care, said any woman or man who is suffering from abuse should get in touch.

Call 0808 808 2241 (free phone) for confidential advice.