Violence Against Women Joint Strategic Board

Role of the group

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

  • Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights
  • Councillor Harry McGuigan, Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing, COSLA


  • Neil Rennick Director for Justice, Scottish Government
  • Gary Gillespie, Chief Economic Adviser
  • Dr. Marsha Scott, Chief Executive at Scottish Women's Aid
  • Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham, Police Scotland
  • Gerry McLaughlin, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland
  • Lesley Thomson QC, Solicitor General
  • Eric McQueen, Chief Executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS)
  • Sandy Brindley, National Coordinator at Rape Crisis Scotland
  • Emma Ritch, Executive Director of Engender
  • Mhairi McGowan, Head of Service at ASSIST, Community Safety Glasgow
  • Alistair Gaw, President of Social Work Scotland
  • Tam Baillie, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland
  • Kaliani Lyle, Scotland Commissioner at Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Grahame Smith, General Secretary of STUC
  • Dr Claire Houghton, CYP Advisor to Joint Strategic Board, Edinburgh University
  • Martin Crewe, Director, Barnardo's Scotland
  • Dr Nancy Lombard, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Laura Thomson, Director at Zero Tolerance