Campaigners marched through Paisley on Tuesday 27 November to raise awareness and call the end of domestic violence towards women.
The Reclaim Night march began outside the University of the West of Scotland and ended at Dunn square. Here, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron laid down a white ribbon wreath and lead a two-minute silence in memory of those affected by domestic and sexual abuse.
She said: “The Reclaim the Night march brings this important issue to the forefront of people’s minds.
“It helps to raise awareness and gives people a chance to discuss their own experiences in a safe space with like-minded people.
“This year’s march is linked with EventScotland’s Year of Young People and will highlight how domestic abuse can affect our younger generations. I hope this will also enable our young people to see the support that is available to them.
“I would encourage both men and women in Renfrewshire to come together again this year and show their support for Reclaim the Night.”
Speeches were also made by Renfrewshire’s Year of Young People Champion, Councillor Michelle Campbell, and White Ribbon Ambassador, Gavin Newlands MP.
The theme in Renfrewshire is “Year of the Young People, let’s talk about it” and reflects on the statistic that young people experience the highest rates of domestic abuse of any age group.
Volunteers of all ages and genders are invited to join and show their support as part of their wider international 16 Days of Action Campaign. The campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December 2018.
There are two 24-hour national helplines available for those suffering from domestic violence. Both are free to call from a landline.
Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 027 1234
Abused Men in Scotland Helpline – 0808 800 0024
Locally, Women and Children First can be contacted on 0300 300 0345