Call to end violence against women
South Ayrshire's Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP) To Tackle Violence against Women and Children want as many people as possible to back the campaign calling for an end to violence against women.
Each year, starting on 25 November until 10 December, the White Ribbon Scotland 16 Days of Action campaign encourages us to acknowledge, discuss and work together to tackle the problem.
A number of events are taking place across Ayrshire during the 16 days to raise awareness and provide information and advice.
Sunday Times best-selling author Jasvinder Sanghera CBE will be in Ayr on Thursday 6 December to talk about honour based abuse and forced marriage. Jasvinder was involved in a forced marriage herself and has become a highly acclaimed international speaker and expert adviser on the subject.
Local employers will come together to learn about the impact domestic abuse can have on the workplace on Monday 26 November and there is a 'Voices of Experience' conference in Auchinleck on Wednesday 28 November.
Ayrshire Women's Hub is hosting a 'reclaim the night' walk on Thursday 29 November. The walk which takes place in Ayr Town Centre will be followed by a discussion group.
A dog walk with a difference takes place on Saturday 8 December at Rozelle Park, Ayr from 11:00am. Victims of domestic abuse, considering leaving a relationship, can be reluctant to abandon pets to an abusive partner. The walk will highlight pet fostering services offered by the Dogs Trust Freedom Project.
As part of the campaign, a thought provoking DVD will also be shown in schools to help influence the attitudes of the next generation.
Councillor Laura Brennan - Whitefield, Chair of the Multi Agency Partnership said:
"We want to reach out to as many people as possible during the 16 days and change the attitudes that let domestic abuse happen.
"We need to get people talking, only then will we realise the full extent of the problem. Nobody should have to endure domestic abuse in silence; there is support out there but it can be hard to take those first few steps.
"We will continue to work with our partners to support as many people as possible and help change lives for the better."
To find out what's happening during the 16 days of action and to get involved go to www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/vaw/ and select 'White Ribbon campaign'
You can show your support by signing the @WhiteRibbonScot pledge to never commit, condone or stay silent about #VAW for #16days