Women’s Aid will mark 40 years of support for victims of domestic abuse and violence with a special event in Aberdeen.
Taking place at Aberdeen Central Library, Speaking Out will highlight the unique stories of people involved with Women’s Aid throughout the years.
The exhibition, which runs from Monday, August 21, to Saturday, September 16, will feature historic recordings alongside material from the Scottish Women’s Aid archive.
Around 100 people who have a connection with the charity were interviewed as part of the anniversary event and will form an online archive which will go live later this year.
A spokesman for the charity said: “2016 marked 40 years since Scottish Women’s Aid was founded.
“The national office – Scottish Women’s Aid – was created in 1976 to co-ordinate awareness-raising and to put domestic abuse on the political agenda. Today, local Women’s Aid groups continue to provide practical support to women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
“The movement works to achieve effective responses to violence against women and campaigns to tackle its root cause which is gender inequality.”
The event comes at a significant time in the charity’s history, with a North-east MP’s bill aimed at tackling violence against women receiving royal assent at the end of April.
Legislation, which was brought forward by Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford, provides the UK with a vehicle for ratifying the Istanbul convention.
The new law, which received cross party support, puts legal obligations on the state to prevent violence against women, protect women and prosecute perpetrators.
The free exhibition, funded bythe Heritage Lottery Fund, will run on Monday and Wednesday, 9am-8pm, and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9am-5pm, at the library on Rosemount Viaduct.