The attention of staff, passing through the atrium at Forth Valley Royal Hospital over Christmas and into the New Year will no doubt be drawn to a series of paintings on one of the walls. The artists are young people from Falkirk and District Women’s Aid and the paintings depict their views on domestic violence and the impact it has had on them.
The Wall also has photos demonstrating staff and the public’s commitment to raising awareness on ending domestic violence. It will highlight 16 key facts on partner and sexual violence against women.
The display is in support of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and Lynn Waddell, Equality & Gender Based Violence Manager, says the level of incidents on our doorstep here in Forth Valley may surprise or shock people.
“During 2013 there were over 3500 cases reported to the Police in the Forth Valley area alone”.
“ NHS Forth Valley staff are working all year round in partnership with the police, local authorities, Women’s Aid and other groups to support people experiencing abuse. It is not easy to seek help; people may feel alone, frightened, ashamed, and guilty or feel they have nowhere to turn. However our staff can help by being someone to talk to, who listens and understands you.
“You are not to blame. You can get help.”