Take the pledge to stop violence

Take pledge: Sop violence against women and girls. Picture posed by models
Take pledge: Sop violence against women and girls. Picture posed by models

Angus Violence against Women Partnership (AVAWP) and White Ribbon Scotland are asking the people to take the pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

Launching this year’s 16 Days of Action in Angus (until December 10) to end domestic abuse, Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, chair of AVAWP said: “This is the focal point of the year for AVAWP to ask people to take specific time to reflect on domestic abuse, how corrosive it is and the affect that it has on the victims and the fabric of our society.

“Domestic abuse is not pretty, it is bullying, it’s blood, it’s terror, it’s unhappiness and more often than not it goes unnoticed and underreported.

“Over these 16 days I ask the people of Angus to take the pledge and think about what difference they can make.”

The pledge can be taken by visiting www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk and clicking on the local campaign tab and selecting Angus or www.avawp.org.uk and selecting 16 Days of Action.

Callum Hendry, White Ribbon Scotland campaign co-ordinator said: “White Ribbon Scotland welcome the Angus-wide public display of support of the campaign during this 16 days of action by taking the pledge.

“As more men and the wider community take that personal pledge, we look forward to encouraging and supporting the individual and collective action required to challenge attitudes and reduce incidence of violence against women and girls.”

There will be various activities held across the area to raise awareness of the campaign.

Members of AVAWP will be visible across Angus at various locations during the 16 days of action asking you to take the pledge.

The partnership is also teaming up with Focus on Alcohol Angus to raise awareness of alcohol misuse and domestic abuse at each of the local Christmas lights switch on events. Images will be projected onto buildings with key messages and information.

Angus Women’s Aid is holding a two-day exhibition entitled Hear my voice… in Arbroath Visitor Centre on December 5 and 6, 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. Admission is free.

Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Dundee and Angus are hosting a Reclaim the Night rally and march which will start at City Square, Dundee, at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Service users from Angus Women’s Aid, Barnardo’s and Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre are being asked to complete a survey to ascertain their experiences of using the services. If you have been or are currently a service user, get in touch with your worker for further information.