Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls
The Scottish Government's Equally Safe strategy, refreshed in 2016, sets out a vision for tackling all forms of violence against women and girls.
The strategy argues in favour of "a relentless focus prevention" and encourages more collaborative working and joined-up approaches.
With implementation of the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016 and Domestic Abuse Bill due in 2017, what more needs to be done to tackle violence against women and girls?
Join us for an up-to-date briefing on the latest policy and legal developments related to tackling violence against women and girls in Scotland. We examine existing strategies for prevention across different sectors, including in education, health and justice and share examples of good practice in different contexts.
Key issues to be addressed:
- Scottish Government policy and implementation of Equally Safe
- The latest legal developments for tackling violence against women and girls
- Promoting gender equality and challenging harmful attitudes as part of ensuring human rights are realised
- Initiatives that focus on prevention and early intervention across different settings
- Lessons from existing case studies of good practice
09:00 Registration and refreshments
09:45 Welcome and introduction from the Chairperson
Jennifer Trueland, Health Journalist
Session 1: Policy Context & Legal Update
09:50 Scottish Government address
- Existing policy and future Scottish Government priorities for tackling violence against women
- The implementation of the refreshed strategy Equally Safe
Trevor Owen, Cohesive Communities Team Leader, Scottish Government
10:10 Legal Developments in Scotland’s Approach to Tackling Violence Against Women
- The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act and the upcoming Domestic Abuse Bill
- The impact of changes on the current legal framework
Grazia Robertson, Criminal Law Practitioner, L and G Robertson and Co. Ltd & Member of Criminal Law Committee, The Law Society Scotland
10:30 Questions and discussion
10:50 Networking and refreshments
Session 2: Taking a Preventative Approach to Tackling Violence Against Women
11:10 Preventing Violence Against Women: Why the causal story we tell matters
- What causes violence against women?
- What does primary prevention look like for violence against women?
- How do we disrupt the context in which violence against women occurs?
Emma Ritch, Executive Director, Engender
11:30 Reducing Violence: MVP and ASC
- Training professionals with existing relationships to play a role in tackling domestic abuse
- Giving people the skills to safely intervene and prevent violence
- The navigator programme: intervention within an A&E setting
Will Linden, Analyst Co-ordinator, The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, Police Scotland
11:50 Latest Developments in the Caledonian System
- Making the perpetrator visible
- The underlying principles of the Caledonian System – what can we learn from interventions with men
Rona Fraser, Criminal Justice Sector Manager, Groupwork Services, Grindlay Court Community Justice Social Work Centre
12:10 Questions and discussion
12:45 Lunch and networking
Session 3: Good Practice Case Studies
In this session we will consider some different areas of work around preventing violence against women in specific settings, sharing the learning from case studies.
13:35 Preventing Violence in the Workplace
- The workplace as a site of prevention
- Whole of organisation approaches
Amy Marshall, Educators and Employers Development Officer, Zero Tolerance
14:00 Case Study: Equally Safe in Higher Education - University of Strathclyde
Dr Veena O'Halloran FRSA FSAS, Director of Student Experience and Enhancement Services, University of Strathclyde
Anni Donaldson, Knowledge Exchange Fellow and Project Lead, Equally Safe in Higher Education, University of Strathclyde
14:25 VAW Partnerships – Adopting a Multi-Agency Approach to Tackling VAWG at a Local Level
- The role and responsibilities of VAW Partnerships in ensuring a strategic approach is taken to implementing Equally Safe at a local authority level
- The National VAW Network’s role in supporting VAW Partnerships across Scotland to connect to each other and share information, learning and resources
- Resources and support available to help VAW Partnerships/ CPPs to take a joined up approach to tackling VAWG and measure and demonstrate the impact of their work.
Joanna McLaughlin, National Coordinator, Violence Against Women Network
Sharon Sale, Lead Officer, Inverclyde Violence Against Women Partnership
14:50 Questions and discussion
15:15 Close of event
*agenda subject to change