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National Violence Against Women Network Conference 2017


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Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls is Everyone’s Business

On the 1 November 2017, the National VAW Network held its inaugural conference at the Renfield Centre in Glasgow.


Titled ‘Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls is Everyone’s Business’, the event aimed to:


  • Raise awareness of the causes and consequences of violence against women and girls.
  • Highlight how multi-agency partnership working can help to improve outcomes for women and children at a local level and encourage stakeholders from a wide range of sectors to consider the contribution they can make to this agenda.
  • Showcase good work happening within local communities across Scotland to prevent and eradicate VAWG and promote women’s equality.


The conference was opened by the National VAW Network’s Chair, Kerry Herriott, who spoke about the key role that multi-agency VAW Partnerships play in supporting the implementation of Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy for Preventing and Eradicating Violence Against Women and Girls at a local strategic level.


There were also key note speeches from Councillor Kelly Parry, COSLA’s Community and Wellbeing Spokesperson and Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities who spoke about why tackling violence against women and girls is a key priority for local government and the Scottish Government respectively.


A selection of videos from conference presenters and workshops leads is available to watch below.

Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities

Angela Constance MSP presents her ministerial address



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Councillor Kelly Parry, Community and Wellbeing Spokesperson, COSLA

Councillor Kelly Parry presents:

'Equally Safe: the Local Government View'


Detective Superintendent Gordon McCreadie, Police Scotland

Detective Superintendent Gordon McCreadie presents:

'Ensuring people and communities are safe: Police Scotland’s role in tackling VAWG'.



Download Gordon's presentation

Anna Mitchell, Edinburgh Public Protection Committee

Anna Mitchell presents:

'Passion, Power and Politics: The role of the VAWP in developing a coordinated strategic response to VAWG in Edinburgh'



Download Anna's presentation

Kirsty Thomson, JustRight Scotland

Kirsty Thomson presents:

'Why violence against women is a human rights and equalities issue'



Download Kirsty's presentation

Gerard McCormack, Improvement Service

Gerard McCormack presents:

'Tackling inequalities through CPPs: the role of VAW Partnerships'


Download Gerard's presentation

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in two of the following workshops:

Gillian Gunn, Highland Council and Jenny Williamson, Scottish Borders Council

Gillian Gunn and Jenny Williamson present:

'MARAC – What next? Improving responses to domestic abuse within the MARAC framework'



Download MARAC workshop presentation

Rory McCrae, Caledonian System

Rory McCrae presents:

'Learning & Next Steps for the Caledonian System in Scotland'



Download Caledonian System workshop presentation

RoseAnn Cameron and Francine O’Rourke, Community Safety Glasgow

RoseAnn Cameron and Francis O'Rourke present:

'Commercial Sexual Exploitation in Glasgow –  Routes Out Project'



Download Routes Out workshop presentation

Sara Kirkpatrick, Respect UK

Sara Kirkpatrick presents:

'Respect Accreditation – Safe & Effective Interventions with Perpetrators'



Download Respect Accreditation workshop presentation

Other presentations included:

Sheila Noble and Cara Mannix presented

'Early Years Domestic Abuse Recovery - Fife CEDAR Plus Project'

Susan Lawson presented 'Adopting an Integrated Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Service - West Lothian DASAT'

Geraldine McGivern and Sandra Hall presented 'Domestic Abuse & Routine Enquiry Awareness Raising'

Carol Dobbins and Chris Murphy presented

'Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse Within a Custodial Setting'

The conference concluded with a group discussion where attendees were asked to identify the actions that they would undertake as a result of the conference, which are available to download.


The conference also included a small exhibition area where a range of organisations showcased learning from work being undertaken at a local and national level to tackle violence against women and girls. Many thanks to the Encompass Network, Women's Support ProjectNSPCC, the Cedar Network, the Bridges Partnership, Community Safety Glasgow: Routes Out Project, Committed to Ending Abuse (CEA) and Victim Support Scotland for speaking to delegates about their valuable projects.


If you would like more information about the conference or the work of the National VAW Network, please contact


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