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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Partnerships in Ayrshire

The 25th of November is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women and marks the start of White Ribbon Scotland’s 16 Days of action to End Violence Against Women’. The 16 Days of Action takes place every year in countries all over the world, to tackle violence against women and engage public local activism to fight for this cause and ends on Human Rights Day which is the 10 December.

Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnerships are hosting a conference on stalking; working together to raise awareness of the crime of stalking and the broader issues of violence against women and children.

This conference is being held on Friday 24 November 2017, 9.30am to 3.30pm at Fullarton Connexions, Church Street, Irvine, KA12 8PE.

The seminar is aimed at:

  • Practitioners
  • Community Representatives
  • Elected Members – Health & Social Care Partnerships
  • Community Organisations
  • and those interested in and passionate about challenging all aspects of violence against women and children.

Speakers for the day include:

Ann Moulds: Ann’s professional background is in Psychology and Clinical Behavioural Psychotherapy, training and development. In 2009, she launched her award winning national and international campaign Action Scotland Against Stalking (ASAS) with the overall aim of having stalking recognised as a specific criminal offence within Scotland, England and Wales and Europe.┬áNow known as Action Against Stalking (AAS), AAS has continued to lead the way in advancing recognition of stalking, championing the rights of stalking victims globally and supporting those who are or have been victims of stalking.

Annie McLaughlin: Annie is a writer and equality and diversity specialist, based at the University of Strathclyde. In 2016, she was awarded a bursary by Zero Tolerance Scotland as part of their ‘Write to End Violence Against Women’ campaign, in partnership with the Sunday Herald, including representation of violence against women in the media, sexual assault on university campuses, the persistence of victim blaming and workplace sexism and harassment.

Stephanie Blair: Stephanie is a Senior Procurator Fiscal Depute currently based in Ayr. Stephanie’s main interests lie in relation to Victims and Witnesses and she has extensive experience in relation to each at both a local and national level.

Stephanie has successfully prosecuted a number of high profile cases pertaining to Stalking type behaviour, both in terms of the Common Law and the Statutory Stalking offence in terms of Section 39 Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010. She has developed and delivered training in relation to stalking at a national level both internally to COPFS colleagues and externally to key stakeholders.

Stephanie is currently the Stalking Lead for Ayrshire. She regularly reviews all Stalking cases reported in both Ayr and Kilmarnock Offices and provides proactive guidance to legal staff and Police in relation to prosecution. She regularly engages with victims of stalking and recognises the impact of these behaviours and the court process on the individuals.

Community Justice Ayrshire, along with other partners, will be using social media throughout the day.

You can follow the day on Twitter by using the hashtag, #ayrshireagainststalking2017

This event commences the 16 days of action across Ayrshire. A full calendar of events can be viewed here.

Over the course of the 16 days, we will continue to promote the campaign and events taking place in the area. Communications teams from each local authority and partners will be actively using social media throughout the campaign, so please keep your eye out for posts. #16DaysEA ; #16DaysNA