Violence and abuse can have a devastating impact on the lives of women and children in local communities. It is estimated that more than 1 in 3 women in Scotland have experienced physical and/or sexual violence, and 1 in 5 children have experienced domestic abuse. There are also cost implications of failing to address the prevalence and implications of violence against women in Scotland. These amount to an estimated £1.6 billion for domestic abuse, and £4 billion for violence against women in all its forms. Clearly, there is still a long way to go in creating a safer and fairer Scotland for women and girls.
The Improvement Service is proud to support the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, running from 25th November to 10th December. The campaign provides a vital opportunity to reflect on progress being made to tackle violence against women and girls and gender inequality in Scotland. It raises awareness of the multiple issues facing women and girls, and continues to push for urgent change at both a local and national level across the country.
Coordinated by multi-agency Violence Against Women Partnerships, there are many positive examples of third-sector and public sector organisations working together in local communities across Scotland. Together they raise awareness of the harm caused by gender inequality and violence against women and girls, and improve outcomes for women and children affected by violence and abuse.
During the 16 days, the Improvement Service’s Violence Against Women Team will host a Twitter campaign that aims to showcase good practice happening within local Violence Against Women Partnerships across Scotland. It will highlight the key role that people, organisations and communities can play in preventing and eradicating violence and inequality against women and girls in Scotland.
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