A special tree, bearing messages of hope, has been planted in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital. It's a tribute to the women and children across Forth Valley who have been affected by domestic abuse.
The tree planting ceremony coincided with the '16 Days of Action' campaign which raises awareness of violence against women.
Messages illustrating the positive effects of the project and hopes for its future were tied to the branches of the tree by equality leads from local authorities and partner agencies.
The tree celebrates the work of the CEDAR (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) programme, which was recently piloted across Forth Valley. The project works with children and their mothers who are recovering from living with domestic abuse.
Lynn Waddell, Equality and Diversity Project Manager for NHS Forth Valley, said: "CEDAR was developed for children who have experienced domestic abuse and are now living in a safer environment.
"The groups provided them with a chance to think about changes to their family, how to stay safe and how they felt about what happened to them. It also helped mothers understand the impact that domestic abuse had on their children and how they can best recover from their experiences."
It is hoped that the CEDAR programme will be rolled out across Scotland.