Scottish Borders Equally Safe strategy launched

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Published: Monday, 10th July 2017

A new five year strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls has been launched.

A long term vision for tackling gender-based violence in the area has been formed using feedback from:

  • survivors
  • communities
  • partner agencies
  • statistics

The Scottish Borders Equally Safe strategy aims to ensure partner agencies collaborate and work together to ensure that women and girls are equally safe at home, at work and in the community.

The Violence Against Women Partnership

Along with ourselves, the partnership includes representatives from:

  • NHS Borders
  • Police Scotland
  • Children1st
  • Border Women’s Aid
  • Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre
  • Alcohol and Drugs Partnership
  • Registered Social Landlords
  • Scottish Borders LGBT Equality
  • Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service

The partnership has been working for over a year to design and deliver an effective strategy.

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

Our priorities for Equally Safe strategy

Priorities for the Scottish Borders include tackling a range of issues such as:

  • domestic abuse
  • sexual violence
  • frontline services staff knowing what to do if they have concerns about clients

Other issues the strategy aims to 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

“Violence against women and girls is an issue in the Scottish Borders and the Equally Safe 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 Scottish Borders communities to embrace equality, challenge all forms of violence against women and girls, to allow women and girls to thrive and be treated as equal citizens.

“It also aims to provide support for women and girls at an earlier stage, and that those who perpetrate violence and abuse are challenged and offered the opportunity to change.”

Cllr Mark Rowley, Chairman of Community Planning Partnership Strategic Board

“Equally Safe is an ambitious strategy involving many stakeholders.

“This consultation has involved partner organisations, communities and survivors, as everyone needs to play a part in making people feel safe.”

More information

Further details on Scottish Borders Equally Safe Strategy.