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These Heels Are Made For Walking

Calling all husbands, dads, brothers, uncles, nephews, grandads, sons. Pledge your support for ending violence against women and raise some funds for Ross-shire Women's Aid and White Ribbon Scotland by taking part in our sponsored walk in Dingwall. The sponsored walk will take place on Saturday 28th September from 11am. If you are interested in taking part download a Registration Form 2 or contact us on 01349 862689 or email Claire at info@rosswa.co.uk

Stalking Awareness

Members of Ross-shire women's aid will be raising awareness about stalking on Saturday (20th) in Dingwall, Alness, Tain & Portree. Stalking affects 1 in 10 each year and can have a horrendous impact on those who experience it. Stalking can consist of any type of behaviour such as regularly sending flowers or gifts, making unwanted or malicious communication, damaging property and physical or sexual assault. If the behaviour is persistent, unwanted causes fear, harassment or anxiety then it is stalking.' In the last year Ross-shire Women's Aid have worked with a number of women who have experienced this behaviour from ex-partners & strangers. Heather Williams, manager at Ross-shire Women's Aid said ' we are holding this day of awareness to coincide with national stalking awareness day. Stalking is an insidious crime which can be best described as a campaign of terror and harassment waged against an individual often by an ex-partner but sometimes by a stranger. Those experiencing stalking can have difficulty naming what it is they are experiencing with 77% of victims enduring more than 100 incidents before reporting to the police. We are hoping by raising awareness of this that more people will feel confident about speaking out and asking for help.' Two short videos have been developed as part of national stalking awareness day to help set out the realities of stalking a gift too far and I'll take care of you. http://youtu.be/879X9hTnNzs http://youtu.be/MuDeUCCTN3U For those experiencing stalking it can sometimes be difficult to explain what is happening to the police and to others. Keeping a log of what is going on can be helpful a new victims impact box is available from rape crisis Scotland this provides information and advice to those experiencing stalking. http://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/contactus/

Quiz Night

We will be holding a Quiz Night on Friday 3rd May from 7.30-9.30pm at the Community Centre in Dingwall. Come along and show your support and have some fun at the same time - £5.00 per person with no more than teams of 6. There will be a cash prize of £75.00 for the winning team. If you would like more information on the quiz then please email info@rosswa.co.uk

Are You Ok? One Women Play about Domestic Abuse

Event for International Women's Day, Come and join us to see how Tracy met Tommy and the impact this had on her and her family and how she was able to access help. This performance by Breeze Productions will explore the help available to those who experience domestic abuse and the impact multi-agency risk assessment conferences can make to those at high risk from abuse. This event will help us all look at what we can do to help end domestic abuse in our communities and the role that we can all play in this Thursday 14th March - 7.00pm, Council Chambers, Portree, Isle of Skye Refreshments and Goodies will be available

International Women's Day

On Saturday 9th March we held a coffee morning to celebrate International Women's Day. The event was well attended and those that came along had the chance to get creative and draw or paint their messages of support on t-shirt and canvases We have some of the pictures that we took on the day over on our facebook page if you would like to have a look at them

Message on a bauble

Come and join us at the cross in Dingwall on Saturday 15th December from 12pm to decorate baubles, to decorate our Christmas Tree at the refuge. Also try and win yourself a hamper and Xmas cake

16 Day of Activism against Gender Based Violence

We are holding an event to highlight the 16 days of activism against gender based violence which is taking place on Friday 30th November from 7.30 - 8.30 @ Portree High School. We will be launching out “Together we can stop it” book, which contains poems and images developed by the women and young people who use are service as part of the “together we can stop it” campaign. There will also be a performance of “The Little Things” by Breeze Productions. If you would like to attendance this then please email info@rosswa.co.uk

AGM

Our AGM will be taking place on Thursday 29th November at the Victoria Suite, Ross County Football Stadium. Before our AGM we will be hosting a Seminar entitled “Preventing Domestic Abuse, Promoting Healthy Relationships with Young People”. The Seminar will be from 12.30pm until 4.30pm, with registration from 12 Noon. The seminar will be facilitated by Linda Thompson of the Women’s Support Project and Jennifer Lawson of the Sexability Project. The Outcomes for the Seminar: • Increase confidence in raising issues around sexual health and healthy relationships with young people including issues such as sexual pressuring, sexting and consent. • Increase awareness of the impact of the media and the sexualisation of children and young people’s relationships • Increase awareness of the impact of pornography on young people The Seminar will be followed by our AGM. The AGM will be from 5.30-7.00pm. This year we will be launching our ‘STOP IT’ project which has been developed by women who use our service as part of the ‘together we can stop it’ campaign. There will also be a performance of ‘The Little Things’ by Breeze Productions, and input from the children and young people who have used our service.

Peace One Day Event

On the 21st of September, We joined individuals and organizations across the world to come together in support of the Global Truce, an international call for a reduction of domestic abuse. We held a candlelit vigil in Inverness at dusk to bring people together to shine a light on domestic abuse and to join the international call for peace. Rona Memburg who took part in the candlelit vigil put together a poem called Silence Of Power, Click on the link to view. Silence of Power 2011 Below are pictures that were taking on the night, showing the women with their candles shining a light on domestic abuse and of the guest speakers/singers that attended.

Cupcakes & Chat

We are holding a fundraiser in Dingwall Town Hall on 2nd November from 7pm. Come along and learn 4 ways to decorate cupcakes and enjoy a glass of fizz. Tickets are £10.00, contact 01349 862689 to book your place.