People from across Greater Manchester are being invited to join a candlelit vigil to remember the dozens of victims of domestic abuse who are killed each year.
The vigil, held in Barbirolli Square next to the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester city centre at 5pm on Friday November 25, is being held to remember people who have been killed by their partners or who are still suffering domestic abuse.
Figures show that one in four women and one in six men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and two women across the country are killed each week by their partner or ex partner.
Everyone is welcome to join the ceremony by taking along a torch or a candle that can be lit in memory of those who have died or in support of those who are still suffering.
This vigil starts 16 days of action and campaigning against domestic abuse across the world as part of the End The Fear campaign, which is supported by Greater Manchester Police and the 10 Greater Manchester authorities.
During the 16 days of action a number of events will take place across Greater Manchester, including sponsored walks and sporting events, aimed at highlighting the issue of domestic abuse and how victims can get help to escape their abusers.
Councillor Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council's lead member for women's issues, said: "Domestic abuse affects everyone - the family and children of the victims as well as the individuals themselves. For too long, domestic abuse has been a taboo, and we will only hope to be able to put an end to this problem when people are no longer afraid to talk about it.
"This event is all about raising awareness of the issue and encouraging people to discuss it, as well as letting victims - and their families - know we are thinking of them."
Detective Superintendent Philip Owen, GMP's Public Protection Division, said: "Christmas is the time of year when children should be writing their Christmas lists and enjoying time with their family. But not for the 750,000 children a year who witness domestic violence, or suffer at the hands of those committing domestic abuse.
"For some children, the often forgotten victims of domestic abuse, it's not all fun and games at Christmas-time. This vigil will help to draw attention to the facts about domestic abuse and highlight the help available to those affected by it."
If you or anyone you know is suffering from domestic abuse, you can contact the Domestic Abuse Helpline for help or advice on 0161 636 7525.