Equally Safe Joint Strategic Board


Before March 2019 this group was called 'Violence Against Women Joint Strategic Board'.

The Board's remit is to:

  • to oversee delivery of the Equally Safe strategy, monitor progress and identify and (where necessary) intervene in emerging issues
  • to receive progress reports from each of the Equally Safe workstreams and oversee the delivery of their objectives
  • as the workstreams progress, to identify current and emerging issues, and direct the workstreams to focus their attention on particular issues that arise
  • to promote Equally Safe priorities and any associated outcomes relating to the strategy and the four workstreams within the organisation and/or sector they represent

To mark the first meeting of the JSB in November 2015 the First Minister recorded a message of support. We produced a summary of the main points of her message.

Related groups


Joint Chairs

  • Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities
  • Councillor Kelly Parry, Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing, COSLA


  • Dr Marsha Scott, Chief Executive at Scottish Women’s Aid
  • Samantha McCluskey, Detective Chief Superintendent at Police Scotland
  • Sandy Brindley, Chief Executive at Rape Crisis Scotland
  • Emma Ritch, Executive Director at Engender
  • Mhairi McGowan, Head of Service at ASSIST
  • Dr Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government
  • Karyn McCluskey, Chief Executive at Community Justice Scotland
  • Neil Rennick, Director of Justice, Scottish Government
  • Iona Colvin, Chief Social Work Advisor, Scottish Government
  • Moira Price, National Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service





Email: Kirstin.McPhee@gov.scot

Telephone: 0131 244 9783

Equally Safe Joint Strategic Board
Scottish Government
3H North
Victoria Quay

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