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Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls

Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ISBN: 9781784126148

Equally Safe sets out Scotland's strategy to take action on all forms of violence against women and girls. While the overarching aim is to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, it identifies key priority areas. While the strategy sets out some early commitments, it explains how a phased approach will help ensure that the longer-term change is sustained.

Executive Summary

Equally Safe is Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.

The strategy has been produced by Scottish Government and COSLA, with input from key justice agencies (Police Scotland and COPFS) and from third sector agencies which support women.

The overall aim of the strategy is to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, creating a strong and flourishing Scotland where all individuals are equally safe adn respected, and where women and girls live free from such abuse - and the attitudes that help perpetuate it.

Four key priorities are set out within the strategy:

1. Scottish society embraces equality and mutual respect, and rejects all forms of violence against women and girls.

2. Women and girls thrive as equal citizens: socially, culturally, economically and politically.

3. Interventions are early and effective, preventing violence and maximising safety adn wellbeing of women and girls.

4. Men desist from all forms of violence against women and girls and perpetrators of such violence receive a robust and effective response.

While the strategy sets out some early commitments, it explains how a phased approach will help ensure that longer-term change is sustained.