Published: Tuesday, 26th November 2019
Borderers are being asked to play their part in helping to tackle violence against women during this year’s #16DaysofAction campaign, being held between Monday 25 November and Tuesday 10 December.
The world-wide movement, which was founded in 1991 by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute, begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (Monday 25) and runs until International Human Rights Day (Tuesday 10).
A range of events are being co-ordinated across the 16 days by the Violence Against Women Partnership with our support to help give individuals and communities the chance to get involved.
- The annual Reclaim the Night March took place in Hawick on the evening of Monday 25. Co-ordinated by Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre, the aim was to raise awareness of violence and harassment against women and others, and to show a united force alongside the local community.
- Our Domestic Abuse Advocacy Service Manager and Violence Against Women Coordinator supported a Facebook live chat on Wednesday 27 November between 1-2pm and at 5–6pm, hosted by @LothiansScottishBordersPoliceDivision. People will have the opportunity to contact them via direct message with any concerns, queries or general support they may be looking for in relation to domestic abuse.
- The Borders White Ribbon Campaign encourages people to make a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. This year's campaign is being held in partnership with Berwickshire Housing Association.
Councillor George Turnbull, Executive Member for Community Safety
“Since 1991, over 5,000 groups in almost 200 countries have been involved in promoting and supporting #16DaysofAction and it remains as important as ever that the Council and partners – and the wider Borders public – are committed to this campaign.
“No-one should live in fear of abuse, whether that be domestic, childhood or sexual and our aim for these #16DaysofAction is to put this issue at the forefront of everyone’s minds. We all have a responsibility, both individually and collectively, to do whatever we can, whether that is making a pledge, taking part in a march or perhaps taking a closer look at our own behaviour or attitudes, or those around us, and making some changes."
Help is available for people at risk of abuse
Councillor Turnbull added: “Any one of us could find ourselves in the position of having someone confide in us about their abuse, or noticing behaviour that causes us concern, so it’s important to remember that there is help and advice available. Whether we speak in confidence to our GP, the Council’s social work team or a national helpline – what is important is that we take action and talk to someone we can trust.
“If you are someone who is experiencing domestic abuse, or have done so in the past, please be aware that you are not alone. There are people you can talk to. If you reach out, you can be sure there will be someone there to listen with the advice, information and help you need.
"It is important to remember that men can also experience domestic abuse, and for them to know that the same help and advice is available for them."
- You can find out more on the domestic abuse pages of our website. You can also phone the National Domestic Helpline: 0800 027 1234 (available 24-hours a day) and in an emergency, call 999.
- Images from the 2019 White Ribbon campaign are available on Flickr.
- Information is also available from the 16 Days of Action website