South Ayrshire Council Supports 16 Days of Action
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This marks the start of the 16 Days of Action to end violence against women.
The 16 Days takes place every year in countries worldwide to tackle violence against women and engage local activism to fight for the cause, and ends on Human Rights Day on 10 December.
This year, all planned events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. However, we'll be showing our support for the 16 Days of Action on our social media channels.
You can also join the White Ribbon Scotland campaign where you can pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Councillor Julie Dettbarn, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Adult's Health and Social Care said: "The 16 Days of Action is an opportunity to reach out to as many people as possible to raise awareness and change the attitudes that let violence against women happen.
"It's really important that women know that there is support available, even though it might be hard to take those first few steps. We are committed to working with our partners to show our support to anyone affected by abuse."
Councillor Laura Brennan-Whitefield, Chair of the Violence Against Women Partnership, said: "The COVID-19 pandemic will not stop us from raising awareness about ending Violence against Women and the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign.
"We must continue as a society to focus on the goal of the eradication of domestic abuse. Lockdown and the months following have seen a well-documented increase in this type of abuse, and women have had very few opportunities to leave an abusive partner. I would urge anyone who is in an abusive relationship to contact support services without delay."
You can find out more about the 16 Days of Action here.