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Rape Crisis Scotland Survey

Rape Crisis Scotland are currently doing some lobbying about improving the experience for survivors of sexual violence in the court system. Currently many have survivors, who are seen as witnesses and do not have any legal representation, have their mental health, homelessness, involvement in prostitution, sexual history and medical records etc brought up and scrutinised in court. This is done often without challenge and survivors can often feel they are the ones being tried rather than the accused. In order to gather evidence on the need for change they are looking to gather feedback directly from survivors about their experience in court.

Coffee Morning with Naomi Breeze – Ullapool

Ross-shire women's aid are holding a coffee morning on Saturday 9th November in the Macphail Centre Ullapool from 11am-1pm. As well as sampling some lovely home baking this will be an opportunity to find out more about the work of Ross-shire women's Aid, about domestic abuse and how you can help those affected by abuse. There will be a performance of Jackie's Story at 11.45, jewellery making, kids crafts and nail art by OMG Nails

Travelling Stories – Skye

We will be bringing our Travelling Stories to Skye. From Wednesday 4th December until Wednesday 11th December we will have an exhibition of our Travelling Stories in Portree Library and Kyle Library. Travelling Stories is a project that has enabled survivors of domestic abuse to use the transformation of a suitcase or creation of a passport as a means for expressing their own journey through life, including their unique experience of survival. These are visual statements that reflects who we are, where we have been and where we are going. On the first day our staff will be at the exhibition to allow people to come in and talk to us about the work that we do. This will be a on a drop in basis.

Seminar – 'Coercive Control & the Leaving Process – Understanding Domestic Abuse

We will be hosting a Seminar entitled “Coercive Control & the Leaving Process – Understanding Domestic Abuse”. This will take place On Friday 29th November 2013 at the Lower Town Hall, Dingwall from 10.00am until 1.00pm. Registration will be from 9.30am. We are delighted that the seminar will be facilitated by Nel Whiting from Scottish Women’s Aid. Outcomes for the Seminar •Understand domestic abuse as a course of coercive and controlling conduct which produces compliance in the victimised partner through fear and the creation of a sense of entrapment •Appreciate the impact of domestic abuse on those who experience it and how it affects their behaviour and choices •Understand the main issues of providing a sensitive and appropriate service to women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse Nel Whiting is a Learning & Development Worker with Scottish Women’s Aid, where she has worked since September 2003. Her role takes her throughout Scotland providing learning opportunities to a range of professionals in the voluntary and statutory sector. She also teaches on the Queen Margaret University ‘Gender Justice’ module. Her previous employment includes work in Racial Equality Councils in Scotland and her native Wales. She is author of “What Can Contemporary Gender Theory Contribute to An Understanding of Abuse in Same Sex Relationships?” which was published in the Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies 2008, Asking About Abuse: Routine Enquiry of Domestic Abuse and Childhood Sexual Abuse Training Pack (with Cosgrove & Beavon) which was published by the Scottish Government Health Directorate in 2011 and “Effecting Operational Change Through Training: Challenges and Approaches” in N.Lombard and L. McMillan (eds.) (forthcoming, 2012) Research Highlights in Social Work: Violence Against Women, Jessica Kingsley Publications. If you would like to attend the Seminar please email or contact Claire on 01349 862689.


Our AGM will be taking place on Thursday 28th November at the Lower Town Hall , High Street, Dingwall. The AGM will be from 6.00-7.00pm. This year’s AGM will feature a drama performance developed and performed by children and young people who use our services. We will also be launching our ‘Red Flags’ project developed by women who use our services. If you would like more information on this or would like to attend the AGM then please email

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

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. 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.

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