Campaign to stop violence against women

The 16 days of Action campaign aims to stop violence against women
The 16 days of Action campaign aims to stop violence against women
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Pupils at Larbert High School are getting involved with a campaign to combat violence against women.

They have planned a range of initiatives to inform their schoolmates and teachers as part of the 16 days of Action campaign, which gets underway across Forth Valley from Wednesday, November 25.

The two week campaign will raise awareness of issues such as domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault, stalking, forced marriage and human trafficking with Falkirk Council joining with local organisations to help deal with the problem.

A range of events and initiatives are taking place across the Falkirk area including displays of resources in libraries and training on prevention of domestic abuse and female genital mutilation for local workers.

This year’s opening event will be held in Forth Valley College’s Falkirk Campus on Wednesday, November 25 where local practitioners and support workers will hear from key speakers about how new technologies can both protect and promote violence against women and girls.

Councillor Jim Blackwood, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for public protection said: “Support is available and we want to reassure anyone who is affected that this issue is taken very seriously by everyone involved and to stress that there is help available and that action is taken against those responsible.”

More than 1900 incidents of domestic abuse from within the Falkirk area were reported to Police Scotland’s Forth Valley Division in 2014-15.

More information on events and activities is available from www.falkirk.gov.uk/16days.