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? 

Event 

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 

Agenda* 

09:00    Registration and refreshments 

09:45    Welcome and introduction from the Chairperson

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   Primary Prevention and Equally Safe

  • Primary prevention: stopping violence before it occurs
  • Promoting gender equality and combating harmful attitudes ​

Emma Ritch, Executive Director, Engender 

11:30  Reducing Violence: MVP and AVDR

  • Training professionals with existing relationships to play a role in tackling domestic abuse
  • Giving people the skills to safely intervene and prevent violence​

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​

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    Sexism is a waste: the need for a primary prevention approach in the workplace

  • What can employers do to prevent violence against women

Amy Marshall, Educators and Employers Development Officer, Zero Tolerance

14:00   Case Study: Equally Safe on Campus

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   Tackling Violence Against Women at Local and National Levels

  • Sharing the learning and strategic work taking place within the VAW Network and Partnerships

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

Location:

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

Delegate Rates (excluding VAT): 

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

More information: 

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

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

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