Galloway MSP Alex Fergusson opened the new purpose built shelter for Wigtownshire Women’s Aid on Monday.
Speaking after cutting the ribbon Mr Fergusson said: “It is a mark of failure for our society as a whole that domestic abuse and violence against women is still such an issue today. However, due to the remarkable work of Wigtownshire Women’s Aid, we now have this truly magnificent purpose built hostel in which some of the most vulnerable people in our communities – those who have been the victims of domestic violence - can begin the difficult process of rebuilding their shattered lives.
“Since I first became involved, Wigtownshire Women’s Aid told me that the one thing they really lacked was a purpose built shelter and now, almost 15 years later, that dream has become a reality. Many people and organisations have helped in that process, but the acclaim goes to the magnificent management and staff at Wigtownshire Women’s Aid, whose efforts never flag and whose commitment is unquestionable.
“Opening this building is one of the greatest pleasures I have had as an MSP. How much more pleasurable it would be if we didn’t need it at all.”