Inspiring Change

VAW2Different approaches to tackling violence against women in East Ayrshire were showcased at a conference in Auchinleck this week.

Organised by the East Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnership and facilitated by East Ayrshire Women’s Aid, the ‘Inspiring Change’ conference featured interactive workshops covering topics including: working with children and young people; preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

The conference also included the launch of a Domestic Abuse Contact Card which has been developed by members of South West Scotland Community Justice Authority’s Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Group.

The credit card-sized, fold-out booklet includes contact details for a wide range of support services and organisations for people affected by domestic abuse. It will be issued by Police Scotland to anyone referred to their Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit and via local Violence Against Women partnerships in East, North and South Ayrshire.

Councillor Tom Cook, East Ayrshire Council Spokesperson for Improving Community Safety and Equalities, said: “The aim of the conference was really to gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding violence against women and the different ways in which these issues can be tackled. Violence against women cannot and should not be tolerated in this day and age. Those who attended got very involved in the workshops and hopefully came away with useful, practical steps that can be taken to improve the outcomes for those who are subjected to the many different forms of violence.”

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