Films will highlight domestic violence

Both men and women can be victims of domestic violence.
Both men and women can be victims of domestic violence.

Domestic abuse and its wider impact will be the subject of a screening at An Lanntair arts centre, Stornoway on September 8th.

Films will be screened by the Outer Hebrides Domestic Abuse Forum, which hopes to raise further awareness of abuse and its impact.

The Forum is funded by various organisations and will be facilitated by the Women’s Support Project, based in Glasgow. The event will include an ‘Expert Witness Panel’, ready to answer questions from attendees.

In addition to the Women’s Support Project, the panel will also include representatives from the National Violence against Women Coordinator, Western Isles Women’s Aid and the Local Rape Crisis Coordinator.

There will be a question and answer session after the screening where people can have questions answered by those who have been the victim of, or who work in services responding to domestic abuse.

The event will be show-casing a film called ‘Hear our Voice’ , which focusses on the experience of four women who have lived through domestic abuse. Films ‘One Voice at a Time’ and ‘I like me’ will examine the impact of domestic abuse on young people.

‘Making Recovery a Reality’ will look at the impact of rape and sexual assault and will inform attendees on rape crisis services. ‘Pleasure vs Profit’ will explore sexualisation and sexual exploitation.

Organisers say people should attend if they believe the adoption and nurturing of a zero-tolerance approach to domestic violence.

One male resident of Stornoway, who did not wish to be named, commented: “I have been the victim of domestic violence and as a man I feel embarrassed.

“But I’m glad that this group is increasingly awareness. No one should have to go through what I have suffered.”

The event is open to all who wish to end sitgma and shame towards victims of domestic violence.