Stalking now sits on the agenda for VAW programmes; The National Gender-Based Violence and Health Programme; The Commission for Equality & Human Rights and in March 2008 Ann filmed a stalking awareness training DVD for the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Services to be delivered throughout Scotland to all Crown Office Staff.
Ann has worked closely with the National Union of Students and Scottish Universities with the view of offering better protection for students who are unfortunate to become victims of this hideous and pervasive crime. Ann was honored to have been involved in the development of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s workplace stalking policy which was launched in December 2010
In 2010 her campaign won the SCVO campaign of the year awards and in December last year Ann won the campaigner of the year at the prestigious politician of the year awards 2010. In 2011, she was awarded the prestigious Emma Humphries Award for outstanding indicidual acheivement towards stopping violence against women. It was the frist time Scotland had won this award.
She has spoken publicly on national television, national newspapers, national, and Irish and European radio. She has spoken at seminars, conferences and delivers training courses on stalking, impact cause and effect to groups & organizations. She is committed to helping raise awareness to the seriousness of stalking crime and the devastating effects it can have on a person’s life.
With a BSc in Psychology Ann works as a Clinical Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist. She holds a diploma in Training & Development and is an accredited trainer with COSCA Counselling Scotland and a visiting lecturer at Caledonian University on the subject of mental health.
Stalking is a major issue that touches millions of lives but she believes people have so many misconceptions about it."
By openly sharing her experience, she hopes to speak for those people who have for many years suffered in silence. Her ongoing commitment is to raise public and practitioner awareness to the pervasive nature of this crime, which merits our collective concern and dedication to collaborative prevention and response efforts that will promote individual and community safety.
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