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Making Scotland Equally Safe

The Scottish Government has announced the launch of a new strategy that aims to eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls and to create a society where all can feel equally safe and respected.

Equally Safe is the first strategy of its kind in Scotland, encompassing the full spectrum of violence against women and girls, including domestic abuse.

It identifies the need to eliminate the systemic gender inequality that lies at the root of violence against women and girls, as well as seeking to ensure that when violence and abuse does occur there is intervention as early and effectively as possible.

In recognition of the key role that the justice system has in responding to violence against women and girls, Equally Safe signals a comprehensive review of the justice system in Scotland.

This review will include consideration of the law relating to sexual offences and domestic abuse and whether the current law reflects the true experience of victims of long-term abuse and whether additional criminal offences are required.

Head of Service at ASSIST Mhairi McGowan said:

“I welcome the publication of Equally Safe, which will provide the framework for combatting Violence Against Women in Scotland. All women children and young people deserve to be safe and free from exploitation. We have a lot of work to do.

“In particular, I look forward to having Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences all over Scotland so that victims of domestic abuse who are at high risk of further harm can get a coordinated response from agencies. The next step must be to translate the strategy into actions so that all of us work together to ensure the necessary changes are made.”

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