Family Nurse Partnership supports 16 days of action

Event to raise awareness of gender based violence

A day of workshops will take place in Edinburgh today (09 Dec) bringing together young mums to highlight and tackle the issue of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

The event, hosted by the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), marks day 15 of the ‘16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women’ campaign which runs internationally until Saturday 10 December.

The Edinburgh Violence Against Women Partnership (EVAWP) are using the 16 days to highlight the range of existing and new services which support women and children affected by forms of GBV in Edinburgh.

Vanessa Strong, FNP Lead, Edinburgh Community Health Partnership, NHS Lothian, said: “We include the issue of violence in the delivery of the FNP programme. Clients are given the opportunity to discuss issues of concern and then access the relevant specialist help as required from our partner organisations with whom we work closely.”

FNP clients will take part in the ‘What makes me feel safe’ workshop, led by Family Nurses. The event will also include safety courses from Lothian and Borders Police staff and a special sculpture activity run by Edinburgh artist Natalie Taylor.

“We have a strong connection with the EVAWP,” continued Vanessa Strong. “Clearly we are delighted to be supporting the ‘16 Days of Action’ campaign and highlighting the services which are available to help those affected.”

Over 400 NHS Lothian staff, in key settings such as maternity, mental health, alcohol and drug services, community nursing, sexual health and A&E, have received specialist training on GBV issues.

Melanie Hornett, Nurse Director, NHS Lothian, added: “We are committed to both supporting those affected by abuse and to working in partnership to reduce the incidence and impact of abuse on individuals, families and the wider community.

“NHS Lothian staff have a crucial role in identifying and supporting all those affected by gender based violence. There are a wide and varied range of services available across Lothian to help and support people affected by abuse and we are working hard to reduce the incidence and impact of abuse on individuals, families and the wider community.”

Notes to Editors

  • The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centre for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates November 25- International Day Against Violence Against Women- and December 10- International Human Rights Day- in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights
  • Melanie Hornett also chairs The Gender Based Violence Steering Group, which oversees the management and governance of GBV issues
  • The Scottish Government recently announced that The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) project will be rolled out across Scotland. FNP aims to help first-time pregnant teenagers provide a better, healthier start in life for their children. Family Nurses visit expectant, first-time teenage parents in their own homes regularly during pregnancy and throughout the first two years of the baby’s life.
  • GBV is the recognised definition from the Scottish Government, which refers to a range of forms of abuse which affects women disproportionately and can include: domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, stalking and sexual harassment and so called honour crimes such as forced marriage
  • NHS Lothian is a key player in the Lothian multi-agency Violence against Women Partnerships and has developed a range of specialist services to deal with gender based domestic violence.