900 domestic abuse cases reported in year

Councillor John Greenwell joined the Scottish Borders sixth Reclaim the Night march .
Councillor John Greenwell joined the Scottish Borders sixth Reclaim the Night march .

The sixth Scottish Borders Reclaim the Night event was held in Galashiels last Friday on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In the Borders, 900 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to the police last year, and the event was held in partnership with Border Women’s Aid, Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre, Scottish Borders LGBT Equality and Children 1st to raise awareness of violence and harassment towards women and others in society feeling vulnerable.

Scottish Borders Council’s equalities and diversity champion, Mid Berwickshire councillor John Greenwell, was one of the speakers at the event.

Mr Greenwell said: “Over the last 10 years, we have seen a significant increase in the numbers of incidents of domestic abuse, with nearly 900 incidents reported to the Police in 2015-16, rape and sexual assault, honour-based violence, and there is clear evidence from our services that women and children are still subject to disproportionate levels of abuse and harm.

“We are tackling the root of the problem with programmes now being rolled out in four of our high schools.

“Reclaim the Night marches are one way for us to demonstrate we find this intolerable.

“The march gives a clear message that violence of any sort will not be tolerated.”