Highland politicians join forces with White Ribbon Scotland and local bookies to tackle violence against women

 A campaign to tackle violence against women is being launched in local betting shops with the support of MSP David Stewart and other local politicians.

Betting shop staff from bookmakers William Hill, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and Scotbet will take part in the week long campaign in support of White Ribbon Scotland, a charity which campaigns to end gender based violence. Staff will ask men who enter their shops to sign the White Ribbon Scotland pledge ‘never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms.’

Two previous campaigns, held in Glasgow and Hamilton, secured more than 1,300 pledges. The latest campaign will involve all 12 betting shops in Inverness. William Hill staff in Dingwall will also participate.

The week long campaign will run from Monday 4 February until Monday 11 February.

Ahead of the launch, betting shop staff attended a White Ribbon Scotland awareness workshop in Inverness.

David Stewart MSP said: “I support this campaign coming to the north and encourage men to take part. Generally, I have noted a changing attitude by some men and boys challenging the male culture that leads to harassment, abuse and violence but more needs to be done. It’s also good that betting shop staff are being involved in an awareness workshop and can then go on to explain to customers what White Ribbon is trying to achieve.”

The campaign is being coordinated by ABB Scotland, the trade association for high street bookmakers.

ABB Scotland spokesman Donald Morrison said they were committed to continuing  their partnership with White Ribbon Scotland with many campaigns across Scotland in 2019.

“This campaign is not about stigmatising men, the vast majority of whom would never contemplate violence about women. It is about encouraging men to take a stand against domestic abuse. The success of our previous betting shop campaigns shows that more and more men are prepared to take such a stand. In both campaigns, customers sent a very clear message that it is entirely unacceptable to commit, condone or ignore violence against women. We look forward to working with betting shop staff in Inverness and Dingwall to spread this important message.”

For more information about White Ribbon Scotland visit www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk