Violence against Women Shames All of Us; 20 FAMOUS SCOTS BACK CAMPAIGN TO HALT DOMESTIC ABUSE

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TWENTY well known Scotsmen have joined the international campaign to stamp out violence against women.

Today has been chosen by the United Nations as International Day for the Elimination ofViolence Against Women. It marks the start of a 16-day campaign to highlight the issue.

For the first time, these high-profile Scots from politics, business, sport, media and the arts have come 1 together to speak out against the violence women experience every day in Scotland.

Celebrities including actors Brian Cox, Alan Cumming and David Hayman, author Christopher Brookmyre, entrepreneurs Duncan Bannatyne and Charan Gill, football manager Walter Smith, chef Nick Nairn and photographer Rankin have joined Communities 1 Minister Malcolm Chisholm to highlight the issue.

The Executive support both the 16 Days and the White Ribbon campaigns as part of their work to tackle violence against women that includes the "Domestic Abuse, there's no excuse" campaign.

COLIN McCREDIE

TAGGART'SDC Stuart Fraser said:

"Violence against women is wrong and it's up to men to stop it. Us men must support women who have and are suffering at the hands of other I men. Domestic abuse, sexual assault and rape are all crimes, so don't be afraid to go to the police. We've covered up for too long."

NICK NAIRN

THE celebrity chef said: "Domestic abuse is a cancer that eats away at people's lives. Men who abuse women are just vile cowards who torment their victims out of ' sight and, as it I goes on behind closed doors, those who have been abused need to be given a mouthpiece to speak out and bring the issue into the light."

GILLY GILCHRIST

THE River City actor is currently involved in a psychological abuse storyline and said:

"I think abuse in any shape or form is totally unacceptable. It's hard to believe there are men out there so similar to my character Archie in this day and age. The guy is an absolute misogynistic monster."

DUNCAN BANNATYNE

THE judge on Dragon's Den said: "Domestic violence usually starts with a few angry words and, over time, it escalates to rage and, before you know it, violence has begun. We need to stand together against it."

WALTER SMITH

THE Scotland boss said:

"There are women all over Scotland who experience violence and abuse in many forms which, in my view, is utterly unacceptable. No one should be living with the fear of violence in our society."

DR HARRY BURNS

SCOTLAND'S Chief Medical Officer said: "Men who perpetrate this violence need to know their behaviour is totally unacceptable. Men who see it happening to friends or relatives, but turn a blind eye to it, are just as guilty as the perpetrator and need to take a stand in support of those damaged by it."

GRANT STOTT

STV'S Scotsport presenter said: "No one should be living in fear of violence or controlling behaviour in a relationship. Anything that raises awareness of the unacceptability of all forms of abuse towards women is a good thing. I hope the campaign sends out the clear message that abuse will simply not be tolerated."

STEPHEN JARDINE

THE TV presenter said: "We like to think of ourselves as a civilised and sophisticated society, yet cases of domestic abuse are running at record levels in Scotland. The festive period is the worst time of the year for those in fear. Violence in any setting is never justified but it is especially cowardly in the home. The men responsible are inadequate bullies who bring shame to the rest of us."

BRIAN COX

THE actor said: "I applaud the White Ribbon campaign and am proud to be a part of it. I urge the men of Scotland to rally behind it and offer support. It's vital women have the resources to escape abuse."

LORD CARLOWAY

THE judge who was involved in establishing Scotland's Domestic Abuse Court pilot said: "The sheriff court in Glasgow has shown the way forward in dealing with domestic abuse. …