Equally Safe strategy

The Equally Safe Strategy sets out a vision to address violence against women and girls.

It outlines our ambition to stop it occurring in the first place, build the capability and capacity of support services, and strengthen the justice response to victims and perpetrators.

Our strategy and responses are informed by the experience of victims and by the expertise of professionals.

Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls was refreshed in 2023.

The priorities of the Equally Safe 2023 refresh are:

  • achieving greater gender equality
  • intervening early and effectively to prevent violence and maximising the safety and wellbeing of women, children and young people
  • tackling perpetrators

The Strategy was developed by the Scottish Government and COSLA in association with a wide range of partners from public and third sector organisations. An Equally Safe Delivery Plan will be published in 2024 to ensure its overarching ambitions are rooted in practical delivery.


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