16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

The following Alert is being circulated on behalf of Police Scotland, J Division, The Lothians and Scottish Borders

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign which commences on 25th November, the international Day for the elimination of Violence against Women and concludes on 10th December, Human Rights Day. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Orange the world: End violence against women now!”
 
This year is the 30th anniversary of the Campaign and in 2021, it will focus on work-related violence and femicide. It also aims to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse have on woman and children including domestic abuse.
 
During 16 Days, Police Scotland will be working in partnership with Women’s Aid, Citizen’s Advice, Rape Crisis, Sacro, Neighbourhood Watch, Midlothian Council, Network Rail, Scot Rail, and White Ribbon Scotland, carrying out a number of pop up events throughout Midlothian. Please refer to the Police Scotland Midlothian Facebook page for dates.   
 
Detective Inspector Susan Balfour of the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit said: “In this the 30th year of the Campaign let’s continue our efforts to work together to tackle Violence against Women and Girls, not just for the 16 days of the campaign, but for 365 days of the year. These continue to be challenging times for everyone with people working from home, families experiencing financial pressures, self- isolating as a result of COVID or feeling isolated for a variety of reasons.
 
“Please be assured that domestic abuse and all violence against women continues to be a priority for Police Scotland. We are committed to providing a professional, sensitive and consistent service to all survivors of domestic abuse and gender-based violence. Violence and abuse has a devastating impact on all, including children and will never be tolerated.”

A spokesperson for Penicuik Citizen’s Advice said: “Penicuik Citizens Advice Bureau supports the police in this campaign and we want people to know that we are here to help with free, confidential and impartial advice. Our advisers are not trained in abuse counselling, but we can help you with things like housing, debt or benefits issues that will help you live independently from your abuser. We can also put you in touch with specialist lawyers and abuse support services.

“You can contact us free on 0800 0327077, email bureau@penicuikcab.org.uk or you can read our comprehensive advice on domestic abuse at 
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/law-and-courts/gender-violence1/help-for-domestic-abuse-s/

“The Midlothian Citizens Advice Bureau act as Remote Reporting sites for Police Scotland, providing a safe and welcoming environment where members of the public can report crimes, incidents or any other relevant information.”

If you, or anyone you know, are being abused or are at risk of abuse, please contact Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.  Or if you need support please contact Scotland’s domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234.

White Ribbon Scotland is a campaign to involve men in tackling violence against women, which also provides advice to men who are subject to abuse. On White Ribbon Day Thursday 25 November, and the 16 days to end violence against women that follow, White Ribbon are asking people in their communities, organisations and workplaces, to come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women. For further information please go to https://www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk
 
Domestic abuse is not just physical abuse, it includes verbal, sexual, psychological or financial abuse. It is often about power and control, with abusers seeking to use complex controlling behaviours to isolate you from those who can support you. Police will listen, take you seriously and work with other services to support you throughout the criminal justice process and to keep you and your families safe.

Perpetrators can and will be held to account for the harm they have caused if we work together. No-one should live in fear. It is not acceptable, not inevitable, and we believe that by working together we can make it stop.