Equally Safe strategy

Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls was updated in 2018. It was originally produced in 2014 and updated in 2016.

It focuses on the need for prevention of violence. It also sets out how we will develop a performance framework to determine whether we are realising our ambitions.

Equally Safe's priorities 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

It was produced in partnership with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA), Police Scotland, Health Scotland and specialist Violence Against Women support groups like Scottish Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland.

The strategy builds on the shared understanding of VAWG described in Safer Lives Changed Lives: a shared approach to tackling violence against women, which was published in 2009.

The strategy complements and contributes to our wider efforts to achieve gender equality.