A Delivery Plan for Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls. 2017-21

Violence against women and girls, in any form, has no place in our vision for a safe, strong, successful Scotland. It damages health and wellbeing, limits freedom and potential, and is a fundamental violation of human rights. the Scottish Government, COSLA and key partners are committed to prevent and eradicating it once and for all. Equally Safe, our Strategy to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women and girls, is our mechanism for achieving this ambition. It was developed by the Scottish Government and COSLA in association with a wide range of partners from public and third sector organisations.


Equally Safe, Scotland’s Strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls, was published in 2014 and updated in 2016. It sets out a vision of a strong and flourishing Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and protected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse – and the attitudes that help perpetuate them.

The aim of the strategy is to foster collaborative working between key partners in the public, private and third sectors to achieve this vision. Our strategic approach is drawn from the United Nations definition of gender based violence, which recognises that it is a function of gender inequality, that it is an abuse of male power and privilege, and that women and girls experience violence and abuse because they are women and girls – and because they continue to occupy a subordinate position within society in relation to men.

Within that wider societal context, there are particular risk factors that increase vulnerability, and the full continuum of violence against women and girls – domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, commercial sexual exploitation (including victims of human trafficking), and so called ‘honour based’ violence continue to be prevalent across society.

The full Delivery plan can be viewed in the following link.