Equally Safe Workstreams


Equally Safe has four workstreams which feed into the Joint Strategic Board on Violence Against Women and Girls:

Primary prevention

This workstream is being coordinated by Engender, an Edinburgh-based feminist organisation.

It is exploring:

  • the existing evidence on what works with regards to preventing violence against women and girls
  • identifying additional ways of addressing the systematic inequality, attitudes and assumptions that give rise to violence and abuse, (and scoping the costs and benefits associated with this
  • considering primary prevention in the widest context - society, community and the individual

Capability and capacity

This workstream is being coordinated by the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA). Its remit is to ensure that:

  • statutory services including health, education, social work and housing are more competent in identifying, and responding effectively, to violence
  • considering and working to improve all services' capacity and capability


This workstream is being coordinated by the Scottish Government Justice Directorate.

It is reviewing a co-ordinated approach within the civil and criminal justice systems, that includes consideration of the law relating to sexual offences and domestic abuse. For example:

  • whether the current law reflects the true experience of victims of long-term abuse (including coercive control)
  • whether additional specific criminal offences are required
  • what changes may be required to the civil court system
  • the support available for victims and their experiences when going through the system
  • the time taken to complete cases (both criminal and civil)
  • the availability of statistics to build evidence bases, particularly in relation to civil cases
  • training for professionals within the justice system, multi-agency working and opportunities for learning and spreading good practice
  • the impact of justice interventions in changing both perpetrator behaviour and wider public attitudes


This workstream is being coordinated by Scottish Women's Aid in partnership with the Improvement Service. It is developing a Performance Framework with appropriate outcomes and indicators to:

  • enable us to measure our performance and progress
  • support strategic investment planning to ensure that women and girls throughout Scotland benefit from consistently high-quality services

Related groups


Primary Prevention

  • Engender
  • Scottish Government
  • White Ribbon Scotland
  • Health Scotland
  • Zero Tolerance
  • Children and Young People Commissioner for Scotland
  • Rape Crisis Scotland
  • Close the Gap
  • Scottish Women's Aid
  • Education Scotland

Capability and Capacity

  • Scottish Government
  • Local Government Employers (COSLA, Society of Personnel Directors Scotland)
  • Local Government Trade Unions (Unite, Unison, GMB and Educational Institute of Scotland)
  • Social Work Scotland
  • Education – Association of Directors of Education Scotland (ADES)
  • Housing
  • NHS Scotland
  • Third sector (Zero Tolerance, Scottish Women's Aid)
  • VAW Network


  • Scottish Government
  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Women's Aid
  • Scottish Legal Aid Board
  • Children's Organisations (rotation basis: with Barnardos and Children 1st attending where agreed)
  • Scottish Prison Service
  • Scottish Court Service
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
  • Children's Reporter


  • Scottish Women's Aid
  • The Improvement Service
  • Scottish Government



Email: Elizabeth.Sloan@gov.scot

Telephone: 0300 244 4000

Equally Safe Workstreams
Scottish Government
Equality Unit
Directorate for Local Government and Communities
Area 3H South
Victoria Quay

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