Petals were scattered on the River Taw on Monday to mark 16 days of activism calling for an end to violence against women.

Soroptimists International Barnstaple and District host the local event at the Square each year, in association with North Devon Against Domestic Abuse.

Sunday was International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and marks more than two weeks of activism to highlight what is still a deadly real problem.

Irene Hockin of the Soroptimists said the scattering of petals was in honour of the women and children who had survived domestic abuse – and the many who had not. The annual event runs alongside the White Ribbon Campaign, which was set up by men in Canada against domestic violence.

On average two women a week in the UK are killed by their partners or ex-partners and police receive around 100 per hour.

North Devon Superintendent Toby Davies, who was at the event, said a third of all recorded violent crime was domestic abuse.

He added: “For every one reported the evidence suggests there have been 30 others before they come to us.

“We want to show people the support is out there if they come forward.”

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, call 999 in an emergency or report it to the police via 101, or use the reporting function at www.devon-cornwall.police.uk. You can also call Splitz on 0345 155 1074 or speak in confidence to someone you trust such as a GP or teacher.