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20/09/20 00:01

Tackling violence against women and girls

£4.25m extra funding for frontline services.

Women and children experiencing or at risk of violence and domestic abuse will have increased access to support, with £4.25 million of additional funding for charities and projects across Scotland.

The additional investment will help respond to an increase in demand from victims of abuse for support services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

More staff, increased hours for centres and helplines, improvements to IT and new digital resources and training will all allow services to be up-scaled so that more people can quickly and easily access help.

Updated guidance, developed in partnership with COSLA, is also already being used by local authorities to keep women and children safe.

Equalities Minister Christina McKelvie said:

“The greater risks to women and children of domestic abuse with referrals to frontline services increasing during the pandemic is a major concern. It is atrocious that this is the case but we are focused on ensuring that frontline services can meet the increased demand for support.

“This extra funding will help to ensure these vital services are still able to provide support to people across the country, and the scale and innovation of these projects will provide a lifeline to many women and families.

“Any kind of violence is unacceptable and the safety and wellbeing needs of women and children need to be protected - that is even more important during a pandemic. Police Scotland continue to prioritise domestic abuse cases so I would also encourage anyone suffering violence and domestic abuse not to hesitate to get the support they need.”

Dr Marsha Scott, Chief Executive of Scottish Women's Aid, said:

"Our local Women's Aid groups have shown extraordinary resilience and creativity in rapidly redesigning their services to continue supporting those experiencing domestic abuse throughout the pandemic. The challenges they've faced have been huge as COVID-19 has given abusers more tools to control and harm women and children. 

"This injection of financial support will provide some much-needed stability for groups against a back drop of precarious, patchwork local funding. As lockdown and other measures ease, our local groups are anticipating even more demand for their specialist services as survivors begin to have more opportunities to seek support. Additionally, if faced with a second wave of the virus, this funding will strengthen the responses of groups and allow them to build on the progress they have made in delivering services remotely. This support from the Scottish Government will help local Women's Aid services prepare to meet those needs and will mean that women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse can access the help and advice they want, when they want it."

Background 

Read the report Coronavirus (COVID-19): domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women and girls during Phases 1, 2 and 3 of Scotland's route map (22 May to 11 August 2020)

Read more on Equally Safe, the Scottish Government's strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

Funding is confirmed to March 2021 and will be indicative to September 2021, subject to budgets for the 2021-22 financial year.  A list of the funded projects is below.

Organisation/Project

Amount 2020/21

Indicative Amount 2021/22

Aberdeen Cyrenians

£32,739

£32,239

Action for Children Western Isles

£720

£0

Bridge funding for local CEDAR programmes

£67,158

£67,158

Children 1st – Scottish Borders

£18,000

£18,000

Committed to Ending Abuse

£16,000

£16,000

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault West Lothian

£30,000

£30,000

Dumfries and Stewartry Women’s Aid

£27,500

£27,500

Equally Safe at School (Rape Crisis Scotland/Zero Tolerance)

£11,684

£11,684

Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project

£16,500

£16,500

Moray Rape Crisis Centre

£5,842

£5,842

Moray Women’s Aid

£12,517

£12,517

Rape Crisis Scotland – additional capacity for support

£676,584

£676,584

Rape Crisis Scotland - Helpline

£31,712

£31,712

Rape Crisis Scotland – National Advocacy Project

£242,907

£242,907

Rape Crisis Scotland – refresh funding services model

£15,000

£0

Red Cross – supporting vulnerable women

£4,963

£4,963

Respect Men’s Advice Line

£14,357

£14,357

Respekt (City of Edinburgh Council)

£24,380

£24,380

SACRO Another Way

£20,000

£20,000

Saheliya

£38,097

£38,097

SAY Women

£23,308

£21,692

Scottish Women’s Aid – enhanced support for women, children and young people through affiliated groups

£637,500

£672,219

Scottish Women’s Aid – improving digital infrastructure and communications for affiliated groups

£68,000

£68,000

Scottish Women’s Aid – affiliated groups staff health and wellbeing

£53,000

£53,000

TDAS Barnardos

£25,000

£25,000

West Dunbartonshire Council Support Service

£24,966

£24,966

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Christina McKelvie, Minister for Equalities, funding to tackle violence against women and girls

Christina McKelvie, Minister for Equalities, funding to tackle violence against women and girls

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Dr Marsha Scott, Scottish Women's Aid, Audio Comment on Funding Announcement - September 2020

Dr Marsha Scott, Scottish Women's Aid, Audio Comment on Funding Announcement - September 2020

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