Equally Safe - short life delivery plan: summer 2022 to autumn 2023

A refresh of the Equally Safe Delivery Plan outlining the joint commitment of the Scottish Government and COSLA to preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls and tackling the underpinning attitudes that perpetuate it.

4. Priority 4 – Men desist from all forms of violence against women and girls, and perpetrators of such violence receive a robust and effective response


  • Justice responses are robust, swift, consistent and coordinated
  • Men who carry out violence against women and girls are identified early and held to account by the criminal and civil justice system
  • Relevant links are made between the experience of women, children and young people in the criminal and civil system
Objective / Action Timescales Action Owner
31. Our Programme for Government (2021/2022) includes a commitment to develop a model for Scotland which effectively tackles and challenges men's demand for prostitution. We established a short-life working group to help develop principles to underpin the model. Draft principles will be consulted in early 2022. Initial phase of developing the model's approach to take place over 2022 The Scottish Government
32. We will continue to pilot the extension of the Caledonian System. This is an international recognised behavioural change programme for perpetrators of domestic abuse, which involves working with the whole family to reduce the risk of harm to women and children. By Autumn 2023 and beyond. The Scottish Government.
33. We will support the implementation of new legislation including: Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019 and the Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Act 2021. Commitment from Annual Policing Plan (Draft) 2022/23 Police Scotland


Email: Nel.Whiting@gov.scot

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