Today sees the launch of The White Ribbon 16 Days of Action, which is a national campaign to raise awareness about violence against women.

The campaign is designed to promote discussion and provide information to encourage and support men to become involved in the campaign to challenge and stop violence against women.

Ayrshire Division will be involved in a wide range of activities with partners, young people and communities across Ayrshire over the next 16 days and every day we will be featuring some of these activities on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Superintendent Linda Jones of Ayrshire Division said: “Police Scotland works tirelessly all year round with our partners to prevent domestic abuse and to intervene early. We robustly investigate all reports of domestic abuse and those responsible will face the consequences of their actions.”

“The White Ribbon Campaign encourages everyone to think about what they can do to end violence against women and girls and we are pleased to pledge our support again this year.”

“Many of our officers and staff will be wearing the ribbon on their uniform during the campaign and commuters passing Irvine Police Office may also see our illuminated White Ribbon which will be on display for a short time as darkness falls on each of the 16 days.”

Most men in Scotland are not violent towards women, but many of us ignore the problem, or see it as something that has nothing to do with us.
A simple first step you can take is to sign a personal pledge “never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.”

Visit the White Ribbon Campaign website for more information or to make your pledge: http://www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk/makepledge