Join the White Ribbon campaign
Police attended around 1000 reported incidents of domestic abuse in Midlothian last year. The vast majority of reported incidents are perpetrated by men against women.
16 Days of Action
As part of our local response to mark 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence, which begins on 25 November, the East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Committee is very pleased to be supporting the White Ribbon Scotland campaign. This involves men in tackling violence against women.
White Ribbon event
We are hosting our White Ribbon event Engaging Men to Stand up to Violence Against Women and Girls, on 28 November from 5.30-8.30 pm in the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh. We will also be encouraging council staff members and members of the public to sign the White Ribbon pledge throughout the 16 days of action.
Most men in Scotland are not violent towards women, but many of us ignore the problem, or see it as something that has nothing to do with us.
We are inviting everyone locally to take a simple first step to make a pledge:
I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women
Standing up to violence
Neil Whettam, Learning and Development Coordinator with the East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office said “We are working with local men to stand up to violence against women and to become a local champion. Although there is no obligation, you will be given the opportunity to receive support and training to become a local speaker. Although the session is aimed at men, we will, of course, welcome any women who are interested.”
To register for a place at the event or for more information contact