Impact of violence against women highlighted in 16 Days of Activism

(Issued on behalf of the Perth and Kinross Violence Against Women Partnership) The issue of domestic abuse and sexual violence, and ways to eradicate it are highlighted annually through the 16 Days of Activism campaign. The Perth and Kinross Violence Against Women Partnership (PKVAWP) will again in 2017 be supporting the campaign, with a series of events and activities arranged in partnership with local and national organisations.

As with previous years, the 16 Days of Activism in Perth and Kinross, running this year from Saturday 25 November to Sunday 10 December, will include both events aimed at the general public and others specifically for professionals in education, social work, health, housing, the Police and public protection who work with women and families affected by domestic abuse on a daily basis.

Adverse childhood experiences and ways in which their impact can be lessened will be examined in the documentary film 'Resilience', being shown at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, on Monday 27 November, starting at 6.30pm. While the film will be of particular interest to anyone working with children, it is also relevant for anyone who wants to know more about stress and its long-term effects on children and young people. The screening is free to attend, and refreshments and a chance to discuss the issues raised in the film will be available afterwards.

On Thursday 7 December, the Reclaim the Night March returns to Perth City Centre after a successful first event in 2016 which saw 150 men, women and children participating. Organised by RASAC P&K (Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre), the march is open to all to join and protest against all forms of violence against women, to reclaim the right of women to be safe and feel safe in our communities. The march will begin and end at the Council Buildings, 2 High Street, Perth, with Provost Dennis Melloy giving a civic welcome to all taking part.

Lex Greig, Chair of the Perth and Kinross Violence Against Women Partnership said: "Violence against women is widespread, affecting women of any age, class, race, religion, sexuality or ability and recent events in show business and politics have highlighted this fact.  Our programme for the 16 Days of Activism 2017 takes account of this wide range of issues affecting women and aims at raising public awareness while, at the same time, challenging and supporting those who help women and girls affected by violence and inequality."

Councillor Peter Barrett, Perth & Kinross Council's Housing and Communities Convener added: "Domestic abuse and sexual violence is a stain on our society, and the events organised as part of 16 Days of Activism 2017 reflect the commitment of local organisations working to highlight this issue and ways to tackle and prevent it. Bringing domestic violence out of the shadows is crucial as a step towards making our communities safer places to live for everyone."

Further information about the 16 Days of Activism events in Perth and Kinross is available from www.pkvawp.org.