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Council supports Domestic Abuse campaign

We are supporting a national campaign aimed at highlighting the impact of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse campaign 2017

The 16 Days of Action initiative gets under way on 25 November and the council is urging residents impacted by domestic abuse to seek help.

A key area of focus is highlighting that coercive control - such as threats, intimidation, isolation and stalking - can be as damaging as physical abuse. 

16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an international campaign aimed at preventing and eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls and it runs until 10 December. 

Domestic abuse affects so many people and it thrives on being hidden behind closed doors. We must make it everybody's business in order to put a stop to it. Victims should not feel ashamed and we are here to support and guide you through what is a very difficult time. We have a new poster campaign highlighting coercive behaviour, in partnership with Women's Aid South Lanarkshire & East Renfrewshire (WASLER), which will go live from 25 November, to coincide with the start of 16 Days. We work closely with WASLER in supporting women who are experiencing violence and anyone in need of help or advice can be assured there is an understanding and knowledgeable team available to speak to.
- Councillor Caroline Bamforth - Chair of the East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership Board

Violence against women occurs in all social groups and can affect people of any age, income, ethnicity or ability. It is estimated that one in five women in Scotland will experience domestic abuse at some point in her life.

Every year, 500 domestic abuse incidents are reported annually to the police in East Renfrewshire with children often in the home and living with the impact. Women's Aid South Lanarkshire & East Renfrewshire (WASLER) provides a range of community based services that include safe accommodation with support, outreach support to women in the community and support for children and young people. A help line (0800 027 1234) and drop in service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm offering emotional and practical support and information.

More information is available on ourViolence Against Women page or at the Women's Aid Scotland website.

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