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Trainee doctors should be taught to recognise the signs of "gender-based violence" against women such as domestic abuse, sexual violence and forced marriage, the Chief Medical Officer has said in a report. While men are more likely to be affected overall by violence, women are more likely to be affected…
Equally Safe is a new blog from the Scottish Government which aims to provide information and updates on some of the work happening across Scotland to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls. Equally Safe is the framework which guides this work. Equally Safe states that Violence Against Women…
Only 3 in 5 people in Scotland think a woman is not at all to blame for being raped if she wears revealing clothing (58%) or is very drunk (60%), new findings from ScotCen Social Research’s Scottish Social Attitudes survey reveal. The report on attitudes towards violence against women, commissioned…
An expert board tasked with combatting violence against women and gender inequality has met for the first time this week. In a significant step in taking forward the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling violence against women and girls, the Violence Against Women and Girls Joint Strategic Board (JSB) represents 16…
The levels of domestic abuse reported in Scotland have increased by 2.5% over the past year. The figures, which cover the two years since the creation of Police Scotland, show that in 2013-14 there were 58,439 incidents of domestic abuse compared to 59,882 in 2014-15. They also show a rise…
The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has issued a call for written evidence on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill. The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm Bill, introduced into the Scottish Parliament on 8 October, aims to prevent abuse, harassment or sexual harm in a number of ways, via…
A study led by the University of Bristol, in collaboration with University of Central Lancashire, found many GPs and practice nurses are uncertain how to manage consultations involving children exposed to domestic violence. The research has led to the development of a new training programme for clinicians dealing with some…
The scheme which allows people to be told if their partner has been violent in the past has been introduced in Scotland from today. Police Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse (DSDAD), also known as ‘Clare’s Law’, was trialed for six months in Ayrshire and Aberdeen and saw 22 people…
A world-leading expert in violence against women is visiting Orkney and Shetland this week as a charity revealed support workers have seen their caseload almost double. Programmes run by Shetland Women's Aid are full to overflowing but it is in dealing with domestic abuse where they are seeing the biggest…
Police will receive specialist advice on how to spot the tell-tale patterns of domestic abuse under new guidance designed to help officers prosecute without having to rely on evidence from victims. Issued by the College of Policing, the Authorised Professional Practice (APP) advises senior officers for the first time about…
Domestic violence can often be a hidden crime with the signs of abuse hard to detect, but a new scheme will train professionals like vets, dentists and doctors to pick up on these signs and report any concerns. The Ask, Validate, Document and Refer (AVDR) programme has been awarded £115,000…
The Scottish Government has announced an extra £1.85 million is to be invested between 2016 and 2018 in providing additional support for victims of sex crimes across Scotland. The funding represents a boost for Scotland’s 14 rape crisis centres as it comes in the same week the latest recorded crime…