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Safer Lives: Changed Lives: A Shared Approach to Tackling Violence Against Women. Why VAW Matters to Local Government Lindsay Macgregor. Back Story. From Women’s Aid + Rape Crisis to Multi-Agency Partnerships and Training Consortia From Domestic Violence to Domestic Abuse

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Safer lives changed lives a shared approach to tackling violence against women

Safer Lives: Changed Lives: A Shared Approach to Tackling Violence Against Women

Why VAW Matters to Local Government

Lindsay Macgregor


Back story
Back Story Violence Against Women

  • From Women’s Aid + Rape Crisis to Multi-Agency Partnerships and Training Consortia

  • From Domestic Violence to Domestic Abuse

  • From single issue to Community Safety/Health and Wellbeing


Transformed landscape
Transformed Landscape Violence Against Women

  • Concordat - Scottish Government and Local Government

  • Single Outcome Agreements – Community Planning Priorities for Improvement

  • Equality Duty – violence against women as a genderequality as well as community safety, health, economy-related issue


Transformations for local government
Transformations for Local Government Violence Against Women

  • Change in knowledge and understanding required of elected members in leadership and scrutiny roles

  • Broadening the agendas to make links via gender equality across all forms of violence against women

  • Linking violence against women into wider gender equality agenda


Transforming partnerships
Transforming Partnerships Violence Against Women

  • Are we “fit for purpose” for transforming the agenda?

    • Shared vision and understanding of violence against women, wider links, and Gender Equality Duty

    • Community engagement

    • Membership of partnerships and consortia

    • Outcomes, objectives, actions and measures

    • Data, information and knowledge gathering

    • Training needs

    • Resource allocation

    • Review


Step changes
Step Changes? Violence Against Women

  • Broadening the agenda, understanding and making the links

  • Relevant gender-disaggregated data collection and analysis

  • More widely owned prevention agenda

  • Increased engagement with women and communities

  • Stronger links between partnerships and services


The challenges
The Challenges Violence Against Women

  • Agendas

  • Making the transition

  • Resources

  • Achieving the outcomes

  • Next Steps


Violence against women why it matters
Violence Against Women – Why it Matters Violence Against Women

  • High cost to women and children

  • High cost to communities and to society

  • Cuts across delivery and outcomes on all policy areas

  • Needs to stop


Lindsay macgregor cosla 0131 474 9270 lindsay@cosla gov uk
Lindsay Macgregor Violence Against WomenCOSLA0131 474 [email protected]


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