International Women's Day Event
The European Parliament, in association with Scottish Women's Aid, hosted an event to raise awareness about domestic violence on International Women's Day.
The event began with Per Johansson, head of the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh, highlighting the grim reality of domestic abuse across the EU, revealing that one in three women has experienced violence and/or sexual abuse within the EU.
The next part of the event consisted of broadcasting Audrey Gillan's radio play, "A Firm Hand", which follows Chris, who has been referred to a domestic abuse perpetrator programme and who has been banned from attending Old Firm football games. The play was written from the point of view of the abuser, rather than the victim, and gave an illuminating perspective of domestic violence. Audrey was then interviewed on stage about her experiences and the ideas that led to the play being written.
The event concluded with a panel discussion, along with a lively Q&A on domestic abuse, and the measures that could be taken to eradicate domestic violence from our society. The Q&A also highlighted the support networks available to victims of domestic violence, and how the current networks could be improved.
The event was very well attended and successfully raised awareness of the extent of domestic abuse, both in Scotland and across the European Union.