1. Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service: guidance for healthcare professionals

    As a healthcare professional a person may disclose to you that they have been raped or sexually assaulted. This guidance summarises how to support individuals and the options available to them, including referral to a Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS).

  2. New domestic abuse powers ‘better reflect experience of victims’

    Research finds extending laws to include emotional and psychological abuse has had beneficial impact.

  3. Victim Surcharge Fund

    More help for victims as criminals pay towards costs.

  4. Preventing domestic homicides

    Multi-agency taskforce to ensure lessons are learned from each case.

  5. Supporting survivors of violence and abuse

    Almost 20,000 people given emotional and practical support.

  6. Recorded Crime in Scotland, year ending June 2022

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  7. New custodial unit for women

    Visionary centre will transform support for women in custody.

  8. Challenging men’s demand for prostitution

    Papers to aid new framework published.

  9. Violence Against Women and Girls - Strategic Review of Funding and Commissioning of Services: terms of reference

    Terms of reference for the Violence Against Women and Girls - Strategic Review of Funding and Commissioning of Services review.

  10. Restorative justice launch

    New national hubs pave way.

  11. Equally Safe (Violence Against Women and Girls) Fund 2017-2021

    Funding for organisations working towards the outcomes in our Equally Safe policy for eradicating violence against women and girls.

  12. Rape Crisis Specific Fund 2017-2021

    Details of funding for local rape crisis organisations providing direct support to women who have experienced sexual violence.

  13. Victims’ consultation launches

    Putting people at the heart of the justice system.

  14. £3.2m to strengthen remand alternatives

    Bail supervision and assessment support.

  15. Working Group on Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland

    Justice Secretary welcomes report and will now “consider recommendations”.

  16. New Bairns’ Hoose appointment

    Post will drive improvements for children.

  17. New vision for justice

    Victims placed at the heart of ensuring just, safe, and resilient communities.

  18. Not proven consultation opens

    Views sought on three verdict system and related reforms.

  19. New victim support fund announced

    Scheme will diversify and broaden support for victims.

  20. Recorded crime remains at low levels

    Crimes in four key areas down in the past year.

  21. Supporting children in the justice system

    Improving services for victims and witnesses.

  22. Tackling gender-based violence

    Additional £5 million to cut waiting lists for support.

  23. Self-referral forensic medical services - retention period for evidence: consultation

    The landmark Forensic Medical Services (Victims of Sexual Offences) (Scotland) Act 2021 received Royal Assent on 20 January 2021. This consultation seeks views on the appropriate retention period for evidence collected in the course of self-referral forensic medical services.

  24. Forensic medical services - evidence collected: consultation - easy read

    We would like to hear your views about evidence collected by forensic medical services, this is a special type of medical examination for people who have experienced rape or sexual assault.

  25. Belief in rape myths falls

    Official Statistics published.

  26. Supporting adults who present having experienced rape or sexual assault - draft clinical pathway: consultation analysis

    An analysis of the responses to the consultation on the draft clinical pathway for healthcare professionals working to support adults who present having experienced rape or sexual assault.

  27. Preventing violence against women and girls - what works: key findings

    This short summary presents high quality and robust international evidence on what works to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) before it happens. This paper accompanies What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls: A Summary of the Evidence.

  28. Preventing violence against women and girls - what works: evidence summary

    This report presents high quality and robust international evidence on what works to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) before it happens. This report assesses the effectiveness of primary prevention interventions, highlighting moderating factors for their successful implementation.

  29. Preventing violence against women and girls - what works: effective investments summary

    This paper, aimed towards policy and practitioners, presents high quality and robust international evidence on what works to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) before it happens. This paper accompanies What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls: evidence summary.

  30. Preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls

    Funding for vital services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

  31. Equally Safe: final report

    A final overview of progress made since the publication of the Equally Safe delivery plan in November 2017, actions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and a look forward to plans after the Equally Safe Strategy.

  32. Equally Safe: consultation - easy read

    Easy Read version of the consultation seeking views on how best to challenge men’s demand for prostitution in Scotland, reducing the harms associated with prostitution and supporting women involved to exit.

  33. More protection for domestic abuse victims

    Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill published.

  34. Funding for nurse sexual offence examiners

    Forensic Medical Services Bill progresses.

  35. Tackling violence against women and girls

    £4.25m extra funding for frontline services.

  36. Investigation and prosecution of sexual crime: follow-up review

    Follow up to HM Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland's 2017 review of the investigation and prosecution of sexual crimes

  37. Improving awareness of domestic abuse

    New resource for professionals.

  38. Coronavirus (COVID-19): domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls - 30/3/20-22/05/20

    This report presents qualitative evidence on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on people experiencing domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women/girls (VAWD) during COVID-19 lockdown for the period 30/3/20 - 22/05/20.

  39. Support for victims of domestic violence during COVID-19 outbreak

    Justice Secretary: “You are not alone.”

  40. Supporting women involved in prostitution

    New fund to address harms and challenge demand.

  41. Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2018-19

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  42. Improving NHS services for victims of sexual crime

    Bill will support improvements to service delivery.

  43. Equally Safe delivery plan: year two update report

    An overview of progress made since the publication of the Equally Safe delivery plan in November 2017 and our priorities for the year ahead.

  44. National action plan to prevent and eradicate FGM: year three report

    Update on the progress that has been made since the publication of the national action plan to prevent and eradicate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in February 2016.

  45. Human trafficking and exploitation: guidance for health workers

    Advice how to recognise and help victims of human trafficking and exploitation.

  46. Protecting people from domestic abuse

    New protective orders to safeguard those at risk.

  47. Equally Safe consultation: analysis of responses

    Analysis of responses to our consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault.

  48. Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for the new Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill.

  49. Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the new Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill.

  50. New law to prevent female genital mutilation

    Protection orders proposed under new Bill.

  51. Domestic Abuse Act in force

    New law will help hold perpetrators to account.

  52. More support for child witnesses of domestic abuse

    Amendment proposed for Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.

  53. Equally Safe: consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault

    We are seeking your views on proposals to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault.

  54. Strengthening support for sexual assault victims

    Consultation on improvements to forensic medical examinations.

  55. Protecting people at risk of domestic abuse

    Social Security Secretary calls for views in final weeks of consultation.

  56. Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline

    Scottish Women’s Aid awarded contract.

  57. Tackling domestic abuse

    Psychological abuse, and coercive and controlling behaviour covered by new measures.

  58. Improving Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse: consultation

    A consultation to improve multi-agency risk assessment centres for victims of domestic abuse in Scotland.

  59. Eradicating violence against women and girls

    Strategy highlights priority areas.

  60. Equally Safe delivery plan: year one update

    Equally Safe delivery plan was published in November 2017. This report provides an overview of progress made to date and sets out priorities for the year ahead.

  61. Extra funding to rape crisis centres

    Quicker access to local support services.

  62. Beyond survival: resource for organisations working with child abuse survivors

    This toolkit provides resources to enable survivor support organisations become more sustainable.

  63. Honouring the lived experience: Rape and Sexual Assault‎ Victims Taskforce option appraisal report

    A report summarising the approach, methodology, findings and recommendations of the options appraisal exercise carried out in June 2018 as part of the Chief Medical Officer's Taskforce to Improve Services for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault.

  64. Ending Female Genital Mutilation

    Strengthening existing protections.

  65. Strengthening protection from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): consultation

    We are seeking views on plans to strengthen the existing legislative framework for the protection of women and girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a form of gender based violence. 

  66. Funding boost for Rape Crisis Centres

    Support for victims of sexual violence.

  67. Moving Forward Making Changes: evaluation of a group-based treatment for sex offenders - summary

    Short summary of the key findings and policy messages from an evaluation of Moving Forward: Making Changes (MF:MC), an intensive group-based treatment programme for sex offenders.

  68. Moving Forward Making Changes: evaluation of a group-based treatment for sex offenders

    This report summarises the key findings and policy messages from an evaluation of Moving Forward: Making Changes (MF:MC), an intensive group-based treatment programme for sex offenders.

  69. Funding for Rape Crisis

    Scottish Government to make up shortfall.

  70. Doing more to tackle domestic abuse

    £2.8 million to expand programme to reduce risk of re-offending.

  71. Tackling sexual violence and harassment on campus

    New toolkit to address gender-based violence in universities and colleges.

  72. Justice for domestic abuse survivors

    Domestic Abuse Bill passed by Parliament.

  73. Funding for Scottish Women's Aid

    Scottish Women’s Aid ready staff as Domestic Abuse Bill progresses.

  74. Police prepare for new domestic abuse crime

    Training for 14,000 officers and staff ahead of new legislation.

  75. Tackling violence against women and girls

    Action to make women and girls equally safe.

  76. Equally safe: delivery plan

    The Equally Safe delivery plan will help to ensure that the ambitions of the Equally Safe Strategy makes a tangible difference.

  77. Expert group on sexual offending

    Catherine Dyer to head up group to prevent offending among young people.

  78. Domestic abuse recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2016-17

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  79. Domestic abuse numbers 'unacceptable'

    Work escalates to reduce domestic abuse in Scotland.

  80. Supporting victims of sexual assault

    Funding to expand services in Orkney and Shetland.

  81. Improving forensic medical examination services

    £76,000 for new training developed for rural communities.

  82. Protecting children from abuse

    New report shows gaps in support

  83. Violence against women and girls: national and intermediary funding 2017-2020

    Funding for organisations working to address violence against women and girls (VAWG) from 2017 to 2021.

  84. Forensic medical services

    Transforming the response for victims of sexual assault.

  85. Forensic medical services

    Transforming the response for victims of sexual assault.

  86. Forensic examination services

    Improving experience of evidence taking in sexual assault crimes.

  87. Tackling abusive behaviour and sexual harm

    New laws come into force.

  88. Improving health services for victims of sexual assault

    Chief Medical Officer to lead expert group.

  89. Measures to tackle violence against women

    Increased momentum to eradicate violence against women and girls.

  90. New powers to tackle domestic abuse

    Domestic Abuse Bill strengthens powers to tackle psychological abuse.

  91. Exploring available knowledge and evidence on prostitution in Scotland via practitioner-based interviews

    Exploration of available knowledge and evidence on the scale and nature of prostitution in Scotland based on practitioner-based interviews.

  92. Evidence assessment of the impacts of the criminalisation of the purchase of sex: a review

    Review of evidence on the impact of the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.

  93. Understanding forced marriage in Scotland

    Government to give report careful consideration.

  94. Review of hate crime legislation

    Prominent judge to chair independent review.

  95. Tackling domestic abuse and sexual crimes

    Record number of convictions for sexual crimes last year.

  96. Spotting the signs of domestic abuse

    New video to help professionals tackle ‘hidden crime’.

  97. Tackling sexual assault myths

    Funding to improve public understanding of victim reaction to rape.

  98. Violence against women

    Calls for UK Government to stop dragging feet on Istanbul convention.

  99. Tackling gender stereotyping

    Changing young people’s attitudes to violence against women.

  100. Tackling domestic abuse

    Additional £360,000 for programme working with families.

  101. World gender equality

    Speed mentoring event for UN International Day of the Girl.

  102. The Creation of a Specific Offence of Domestic Abuse - Proposed Associated Reforms to Criminal Procedure

    Details of proposed reforms to criminal procedure in relation to domestic abuse.

  103. New powers to tackle domestic abuse

    New laws to help prosecution of controlling and coercive behaviour.

  104. Equally Safe: national strategy

    Scotland's Strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

  105. FGM: guidance for services for those affected

    Guidance for services for women and girls affected by FGM.

  106. FGM: additional resources for health professionals

    FGM: Chief Medical Officer/Chief Nursing Officer letter to health professionals about additional resources.

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