To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Scottish Soroptimists launched the Tartan Ribbon Fund at Airth Castle, Falkirk on 20th March.
The fundraising lunch was organised by Soroptimists Brenda Kay and Janice Wilson, to increase awareness of violence against women and raise funds for Scottish Police Forces, to enable them to buy Skyguard personal safety alarms for women at risk from abuse.
Guest speakers at event included Rhoda Grant MSP, who introduced the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill at Holyrood; Assistant Chief Constable Angela Wilson from Tayside Police; and Patrick Dealtry, co-founder of Skyguard Ltd.
Asst Chief Constable Angela Wilson told the audience that most incidents of domestic abuse still go unreported and of those that are reported the victims often experience up to 37 assaults before turning to the authorities. She said, “Many of the incidents of abuse result in the most appalling acts of violence….Most distressingly of all is the fact that in most of these domestic incidents children often witness or are victims of the abuse