Equally Safe

  • 16 Days of activism

    8th December 2016 by

    Today in Scotland, and across the world, women are at risk of and experiencing violence and abuse – simply because they are female. In Scotland, gender based violence disproportionately affects women – 80% of survivors of domestic abuse are female, as are 95% of rape victims. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence...

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  • Medical Records in court

    29th November 2016 by

    Following the judgement of Lord Glennie in the WF case, Scottish Ministers directed the Scottish Legal Aid Board to provide legal aid – in the form of assistance by way of representation – to afford effective representation to those who seek to protect their sensitive information, and are working to ensure that a permanent solution...

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  • Getting It Right for Girls

    29th September 2016 by

    Jenny Kemp, National Officer for Education and Equality at the Educational Institute for Scotland, guest blogs about the EIS’s work to tackle violence against women and girls and advance gender equality in schools. While there has been significant progress in the journey towards gender equality in Scotland, much ground remains to be covered before we...

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  • Refreshed Violence against Women Partnership guidance published

    31st August 2016 by

    The Scottish Government and CoSLA today published refreshed Violence against Women Partnership guidance.  A letter has been issued to members of the Violence against Women and Girls Joint Strategic Board, VAW Partnership Coordinators and local authorities advising them of this.  It is reproduced below. We are writing to you as co-chairs of the Joint Strategic Board...

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  • Equally Safe Bulletin 37: July 2016

    8th July 2016 by

    1.   VAWG team update Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, will co-chair the Violence against Women and Girls Joint Strategic Board, which will reconvene following the Parliamentary summer recess.  The Primary Prevention, Capability & Capacity and Justice workstreams of Equally Safe are developing proposals for inclusion in an implementation plan.  Further...

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  • Developing a rape and sexual assault service for Orkney

    20th June 2016 by

    Orkney, where I was born and brought up is one of the safest, happiest and most aspirational places to live in the UK. According to numerous lifestyle surveys, tourist brochures and blogs Orkney is the place to be. And I don’t doubt that for most Orcadians the need for a support service for survivors of...

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  • Equally Safe Bulletin: June

    8th June 2016 by

    VAWG team update New cabinet: Following on from the elections, there is a new cabinet with Angela Constance the new Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities and Michael Matheson returned as Cabinet Secretary for Justice. More on the new cabinet. Research into advocacy:The tendering for the study to scope advocacy services across Scotland...

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  • Tackling Female Genital Mutilation: The Ruby Project

    23rd May 2016 by

    The Ruby Project by Hanna Jedh In February, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Alex Neil visited Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre to launch Scotland’s National Action Plan to Prevent and Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation 2016-2020. For the Ruby Project and the women we work with, this had special significance, showing that FGM was on the Scottish government’s agenda...

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  • Updated Equally Safe published

    23rd March 2016 by

    Today we have published an updated version of Equally Safe, Scotland’s Strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls in Scotland. Violence against women and girls, in any form, has no place in our vision for a safe, strong, successful Scotland.   It damages health and wellbeing, limits freedom and potential, and is a violation of...

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  • Recovery of sensitive documents in criminal proceedings: rights of complainants and others whose privacy rights may be engaged

    21st March 2016 by

    At the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee on 1 March 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice made comments in relation to the issue of recovery of sensitive documents in criminal proceedings.  This includes cases where recovery of sensitive documents is sought in sexual offence cases and domestic abuse cases. “Members will recall, as Margaret Mitchell has...

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