Tackling violence is top priority


A FIVE-year strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls has been launched in the Scottish Borders.

Members of the Equally Safe team launch the strategy in the Scottish Borders
Members of the Equally Safe team launch the strategy in the Scottish Borders

The Equally Safe strategy has used feedback from survivors, communities and partner agencies, along with statistics, to form a long-term vision for tackling gender-based violence.

The strategy will ensure partner agencies collaborate to ensure women and girls are equally safe at home, work and in the community.

The Violence Against Women Partnership, which includes the council, NHS Borders, Police Scotland, Children 1st, Border Women’s Aid, Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre, Alcohol & Drugs Partnership, Registered Social Landlords, Scottish Borders LGBT Equality and Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service, has worked for more than a year to design and deliver an effective strategy.

The document is in line with the Scottish government’s priorities to eradicate gender-based violence and tackle gender inequality in society.

Priorities for the Scottish Borders include tackling domestic abuse, sexual violence and making sure staff in frontline services know what to do if they have concerns about clients.

Other issues the strategy will tackle are ensuring the long-term future of existing services and responding to emerging needs such as stalking and harassment.

Susie Stein, Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre manager, said: “Violence against women and girls is an issue here and the strategy takes the broad view that, if you tackle gender inequality, you will tackle the violence and harm people experience because of their gender.

“Equally Safe asks our communities to embrace equality and challenge all forms of violence against women and girls to allow them to thrive and be treated as equal citizens.

“It will support women and girls at an earlier stage and those who perpetrate violence and abuse will be challenged and offered the opportunity to change.”

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 3:51PM
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