Event high­lights do­mes­tic abuse

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‘EMO­TION­ALLY ex­haust­ing’, ‘thought pro­vok­ing’, ‘grip­ping’ and ‘pow­er­ful’ – some of the words used to de­scribe a per­for­mance in Lochaber cre­ated to ad­dress gen­der in­equal­ity and do­mes­tic abuse.

Hosted by Lochaber Women’s Aid (LWA) at the rail­way club on Oc­to­ber 25, Nel Whit­ing from Scot­tish Women’s Aid and play-write Naomi Breeze touched on th­ese sen­si­tive is­sues.

Af­ter a few words from Lo­raine Re­vitt of LWA, Nel dis­cussed how do­mes­tic abuse may not nec­es­sar­ily in­volve vi­o­lence, and that the way we look at it or frame the is­sue can ef­fect the suc­cess of ser­vices put in place to help.

Nel, who also lec­tures po­lice of­fi­cers and so­cial work­ers on the sub­ject, in­tro­duced the topic of ‘co­er­cive con­trol’ where a per­son’s free­dom to go about their ev­ery day life is lim­ited in an abu­sive and of­ten de­grad­ing man­ner.

She also shared as­pects of her own ‘sur­vival story’ to the 80-strong crowd of mostly women.

Naomi then took to the stage to per­form a one-wo­man show named Kalei­do­scope, a com­pi­la­tion of har­row­ing or­deals ex­pe­ri­enced by var­i­ous women Naomi has spo­ken to dur­ing her re­search.

Af­ter the play, LWA asked the au­di­ence to write down their thoughts on it to help gauge how ef­fec­tive the play had been.

Anita Maclean said the group was over­whelmed by the at­ten­dance and the re­sponse. As part of their ef­forts to sup­port women and fam­i­lies who are vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse, the group re­cently launched a new web­site which she said has al­ready re­ceived a boost since the event took place.

Lor­raine Re­vitt, added: ‘ The web­site went live a week ago and we have al­ready no­ticed an in­crease in the num­ber of vis­its to the new web­site since the per­for­mance of Kalei­do­scope.’

Pho­to­graph: Iain Ferguson, The Write Im­age.

Mem­bers of the Lochaber Women’s Aid board, left to right, Chetna Grimshaw, Sasha Sutherland, Dier­dre Coull, Karen MacInnes, Chris­tine Donnelly and Liz Fotheringham look at their new web­site.

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