Conference explores violence against women and public health
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On 25 November 2019, the Improvement Service, COSLA and NHS Health Scotland held a national conference with support from the Public Health Reform team and the National Violence Against Women Network to highlight why violence against women (VAW) is a public health issue.

The conference brought together a wide range of delegates from across the VAW and public health sectors to explore opportunities to adopt a public health approach to tackling VAW and gender inequality in Scotland, and the leadership needed at a local and national level to support this shift.

Our visual scribe Linda Hunter captured the day’s discussions and videos and other outputs from the event will be shared by the Improvement Service and other partners in the coming weeks.

This conference marked the start of the Improvement Service’s 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women campaign. Until 10 December 2019 we will be sharing a suite of infographics to raise awareness of the levels of violence against women and gender inequality in Scotland, as well as showcasing the valuable work being undertaken by multi-agency VAW Partnerships in local authority areas across Scotland to improve outcomes for women and children affected by these issues.

You can follow and promote our 16 Days social media campaign on the @VAWNetwork twitter account, and contact for more information about the work taking place in local communities across Scotland.