Petals are thrown into the Taw as Barnstaple women’s organisations show support for the 2017 campaign which includes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Short poems highlighting violence or abuse against women - and men - were read out at Barnstaple Square. Picture: Tony GussinShort poems highlighting violence or abuse against women - and men - were read out at Barnstaple Square. Picture: Tony Gussin

Petals were spread on the River Taw in Barnstaple today (Monday) as part of the global drive to end violence against women.

The event at the Square is held each year to mark 16 days of activism which includes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Saturday (November 25).

It was hosted by Soroptimists international Barnstaple and District in association with North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA).

Irene Hockin of the Soroptimists said the event was also held to highlight the White Ribbon Campaign against violence towards women and girls.

The mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Julie Hunt, read a poem by a victim of domestic abuse, as did Sue Wallis, chief executive of NDADA, while town clerk Will Austin also read a poem about abuse from the perspective of a male victim.

Following the short speeches, flower petals were cast into the Taw in memory of victims of domestic abuse.

If you have concerns about domestic abuse or violence, you can contact NDADA in confidence via http://www.ndada.co.uk