Equally Safe: A Delivery Plan for Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls

Equally Safe, Scotland’s Strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls, was published in 2014 and updated in 2016. It sets out a vision of a strong and flourishing Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and protected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse – and the attitudes that help perpetuate them.

The aim of the strategy is to foster collaborative working between key partners in the public, private and third sectors to achieve this vision. Our strategic approach is drawn from the United Nations definition of gender based violence, which recognises that it is a function of gender inequality, that it is an abuse of male power and privilege, and that women and girls experience violence and abuse because they are women and girls – and because they continue to occupy a subordinate position within society in relation to men.

Within that wider societal context, there are particular risk factors that increase vulnerability, and the full continuum of violence against women and girls – domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, commercial sexual exploitation (including victims of human trafficking), and so called ‘honour based’ violence continue to be prevalent across society.

That is why Equally Safe places increased priority upon primary prevention – stopping this violence from happening in the first place. Taking this approach demands that Scottish society as a whole embraces equality and mutual respect, that we together reject all forms of violence against women and girls, and that women and girls thrive as equal citizens – socially, culturally, economically and politically. This is a long term ambition – so here and now, we have to ensure that interventions are early and effective, helping to prevent violence from reoccurring and maximising the safety and wellbeing of women, children and young people. And we need to ensure that men desist from all forms of violence against women and girls, and that perpetrators of such violence receive a robust and effective response.

Published : 24th November 2017*

Publisher : The Scottish Government  [ More From This Publisher ]

Rights : Crown Copyright

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