A CAMPAIGN to spotlight domestic abuse in South Ayrshire launches 16 days of action.

The White Ribbon campaign is to challenge and change attitudes to violence against women and a full programme of events is taking place with ‘16 days of action’, from Friday, November 25 until Sunday, December 10, which aims to tackle male attitudes to domestic violence.

This year’s campaign comes at a time when sexual abuse is making international headlines with a number of high profile public figures facing a multitude of allegations.

Events involving South Ayrshire this year include:
#Labels equality for women play from Ayrshire College to S6 pupils at Ayr Academy (Monday, December 4)

Pan-Ayrshire Schools sexual exploitation awareness conference at Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock (Thursday, November 30)

Domestic abuse seminar at County Buildings (Friday, December 1)
‘Working together’ mixed team football competition for Ayr, Kyle, and Belmont Academies promoting the reporting of domestic violence (Monday, December 4)

Workshops on the danger of sending sexually explicit texts, with Campus Police officers talking to S1’s at Carrick and Girvan Academies (Thursday, December 7)

Councillor Laura Brennan-Whitefield, Chair of the Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP) said: “We’ve seen a huge outpouring of allegations against men accused of abusing positions of power, with international debate now firmly focused on ending violence against women.

“But this isn’t just an issue for people in the public eye and sadly all too often women are suffering physical and mental abuse every single day right here in South Ayrshire.

“By taking a stand and saying no to violence, we’ll help to expose these issues and change lives for the better, something that I believe should be supported by each and every one of us.”