Support for victims of domestic violence

ANGUS Violence against Women Partnership (AVAWP) is highlighting the plight of women who experience domestic abuse during its annual 16 Days of Action campaign.

The partnership draws together representatives from Tayside Police, NHS Tayside, Angus Council, Barnardos, Angus Women’s Aid Respect & Equality (AWARE) and voluntary groups which work to eliminate all forms of violence against women.

The 16 days of action, which runs from November 25 to International Human Rights Day on 10 December, included White Ribbon Day which was held on Sunday - the largest effort in the world of men working to end male violence against women. Each year, the campaign urges men and boys to wear a white ribbon for one week as a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent.

In Angus, the campaign includes the launch of a new credit card sized domestic violence and abuse information leaflet, which provides useful information for women about how to deal with or escape from an abusive relationship. A special information card was also launched on Tuesday and has been given to all Angus taxi drivers who sometimes encounter victims leaving an abusive relationship.

Dr Julia Egan, chairwoman of AVAWP, said: “Each year in Angus, the police deal with around 1,100 incidents of domestic abuse and unfortunately a good many more incidents are never reported by the women involved due to fear, or misplaced feelings of shame that somehow another person’s violence is ‘their fault’.

“There are many ways we can help women experiencing domestic violence and no-one should suffer in silence. Taxi drivers really can make a big difference and these cards provide some basic information about what they should or should not do if they encounter a woman who has experienced domestic abuse.”

“I also applaud the White Ribbon Campaign which is a good way for men and boys to become involved and help prevent male violence against women. They can make it clear that there is no place in our society for violence against women, and it is completely unacceptable.”