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Lord Advocate speaks in support of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign

At the start of the 2017 16 Days of Activism campaign, the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC reitertated his support for the international drive to combat Gender Based Violence.

The Lord Advocate said:

“I am proud to support the Edinburgh Chapter of 16 Days of Activism and to be a part of this world wide event to tackle gender based violence.  

“Violence against women, in all of its forms, is an unacceptable blight on our society, harming women, their children and families and communities across Scotland and beyond. It is a human rights violation and one of the most pervasive forms of gender-based inequality.  

“Scotland’s prosecutors are committed to robust and effective action against domestic abuse, sexual crime and other forms of violence against women. This offending behaviour has a significant and enduring impact on victims and children and has no place in our society. 

“The specialist approach which Scottish prosecutors bring to this serious criminality underlines the importance of effective investigation and prosecution in tackling, preventing and, I hope, one day eradicating all forms of violence against women. “

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls and runs every year from 25 November.

More information Edinburgh Chapter of 16 Days of Activism and events taking place can be found at http://16days.org.uk/