in A bid to deter would-be attackers and make women feel more secure at night, Base nightclub will be handing out free anti-attack whistles to club-goers when they leave the premises.
The devices, which can be kept on a keyring or in a purse, will be issued to revellers and is the latest of the club’s safety initiatives.
Neil Gillies, who runs the Baker Street nightspot, told the Hawick News: “The aim is to make women and men think more. We hope they will never be needed, but they are there as a little bit of added security.”
The anti-attack whistles are being launched in conjunction with JW TAXIS and Borders Women’s Aid.
Although Hawick is considered to be a safe community, Neil argues that you can never be too careful: “Hawick is a great place to live, but you can never be complacent.
“Anything which makes people in the town safer has to be a good thing.
“Our main priority has always been to provide our customers with a safe and secure environment for their late night entertainment.”
He continued: “Our management policy reflects this and over the years we have driven several successful safety initiatives. This most recent campaign is merely an extension of that.”
Borders Women’s Aid manager Gilly Callen told the Hawick News: “As well as doing something very practical about keeping young girls and women safe, Neil is trying to change mindsets about what’s acceptable as far as attitudes towards respect for women and raising the awarness of violence against women, and we fully endorse that. They are his customers, and we don’t want them to be ours.”
Launched 25 years ago next year by a social worker from Hawick, Borders Women’s Aid is an independent service providing safe accommodation for women and their children escaping domestic abuse. Gilly continued: “There is currently a huge initiative in the Borders focusing on domestic abuse and women’s safety because of the Pathways Project, and we are part of it.
“Borders Women’s Aid are in the business of refuge and keeping women safe, we would fully endorse any kind of initiative that goes along with our ethos.”