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 

Venue and Cost


Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

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25 May 2017
Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)
High School Yards, Infirmary Street
United Kingdom



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