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Coercive Control Seminar

We are holding a seminar entitled “Coercive Control & the Leaving Process – Understanding Domestic Abuse”. This will take place on Thursday 3rd April in Inshes Church, Inverness from 10.00am until 1.00pm. Please note that registration is from 9.30am. Tea, coffee and pastries will be available. We are delighted that the seminar will be facilitated by Nel Whiting from Scottish Women’s Aid.

International Women's Day – Skye

On Saturday 8th March we will be holding an event to celebrate International Women’s Day and women’s contribution to life on Isle of Skye. Between 2.00 – 4.30pm at Breakish Hall we will have story teller, Lizzie MacDougall, a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and music. Come along and share your stories of inspiration women of Skye.

Annual General Report 2011 – 2012

Ross-shire Wommen’s Aid’s Annual General Meeting for 2011-2012 took place on 28th November in the Lower Town Hall, Dingwall. This year’s AGM  featured a drama performance developed and performed by children and young people who use our services. Our annual report highlighted the range of work carried out by Ross-shire Women’s...
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Hairdressers and beauticians help in the fight against domestic abuse

1 in 5 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their life.  Abuse can be physical, emotional, sexual and or financial it usually gets worse over time, more information on domestic abuse can be found here, http://www.rosswa.co.uk/signs-of-abuse-and-unhealthy-relationships/ For some women going to the hairdressers or the beauty salon...
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Poster Campaign

Ross-shire Women's Aid are calling on youth's to smash the stereotypes and create an eye catching poster on the effects of Domestic Abuse. Domestic Abuse is when you are in a relationship with someone and they cause you to be scared of them! Effects this can have on children and young people: Low self-esteem and depression No confidence Self harm Drugs and/or alcohol abuse Sleep problems Frequently in trouble in school Does not want to discuss family life Closing date is Friday 20th December If you would like more information on this, then please contact Claire at info@rosswa.co.uk

These Heels Are Made For Walking

On Saturday 28th September we held 'These Heels Are Made For Walking' where 20 men took part in our sponsored walk. The commitment and effort made by these men was absolutely fantastic as well as the support from the public on the day. Below are some of the pictures that were taken on the day!

Rotary Club Donation

RWA would like to take this opportunity to thank Dingwall Rotary Club for their kind donation of £500 towards our Male Mentoring Project. This was raised last year on the Wade Walk that they organise to raise funds for Charities. This years Wade Walk will be taking place on Saturday 1st June. If you would like to take part in this then please contact the Rotary Club directly.

Stalking Survey

Glasgow Caledonian University are conducting research in Scotland into people’s experiences of persistent and unwanted attention from another person. They are interested in hearing from anyone who feels they have suffered or are currently suffering something like this, no matter how serious or harmless you feel it is. If you are interested in sharing your experiences please fill in this survey Survey re impact of persistent and unwanted behaviour, harassment, stalking http://t.co/5LLNdXxh9l in Scotland

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/

White Ribbon Scotland Survey

White Ribbon Scotland Survey White Ribbon Scotland is conducting research into attitudes and masculinity to help us understand what people in Scotland think in relation to violence against women. To ensure they get meaningful results they need as many people as possible to fill in their survey. The survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete and will be very helpful in their future work. A few ideas about how you can help us get this out: • Post the link on Facebook or Twitter • Email your colleagues and friends • Tweet organisations to get them to send it on to their followers • Print out the website address and stick it on the wall at work It only takes 2 minutes but is really helpful to their work. Fill it in now.

SWA – Faith Communities Campaign – Direct Approach Survey

Direct Approach is a network that seeks to bring together individuals, groups, organisations and public services on the issues of gender equality and women’s rights. It works with individuals of different faith groups, minority ethnic communities and women to drive strategic change at a community level and make a difference to statutory and public services. Direct Approach is currently seeking to gather information on ‘honour’, gender equality and women’s rights in order to raise awareness of related issues and identify barriers which prevent society from achieving gender equality. Please find attached information on a survey to complete to help the network gain an understanding of the issues – the survey can also be found here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/honour

No Pressure Scotland

Zero Tolerance and Scottish Women’s Aid have set up a discussion page called No Pressure. They are interested to find out what young people aged 16-25 year old, think about sex, pleasure, consent and relationships On the site you will find Thinking Cat questions for discussion, resources and blog posts about sex and relationships, If you would like more information on this blog then please click the link below: http://nopressurescotland.wordpress.com/