Hundreds of people marched marched through Paisley town centre yesterday to call for an end to violence against women and gender-based violence.

Carrying placards and banners, those turning out for the Reclaim the Night event headed down the High Street from the University of the West of Scotland’s main entrance to Dunn Square.

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It took place as part of the United Nations international 16 days of action for the elimination of violence against women, a campaign which has been marked in Renfrewshire for the last 17 years.

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Among the attendees was Renfrewshire's Provost Lorraine Cameron, who told the Gazette: “Events like Reclaim the Night are important to raise our voice that assault and violence against women and young people is not acceptable, and that everyone should be safe from gender-based violence.

“It was inspiring to see so many people – women, men and especially our young people – marched together as one.

"These voices are signalling the change we need in our society, and I thank everyone who came along.”

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The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council, Barnardo’s, and local support groups and campaigners.

It included a memorial service for all those who have lost their lives to violence, with a wreath made by the Paisley Soroptimists laid by Provost Cameron, along with a short speech and song.

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Afterwards, people went to the Wynd Centre for hot drinks and conversation.

“Renfrewshire Council continues to work with communities and partners to make sure it is a safe place to live, work, study and visit,” added Provost Cameron.

“Women and young people should never be afraid to be out at night or, live with the threat of sexual assault and harassment.”

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The council is urging anyone suffering from domestic violence to seek help via two national helplines, which are free to call from a landline and open 24 hours a day.

The first is Scottish Domestic Abuse on 0800 027 1234 and Abused Men in Scotland on 03300 949 395.

To contact the local authority’s women and children first team call 0300 300 0345 or click HERE for more help and support.