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Our vision is of a strong and flourishing Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse, as well as the attitudes that perpetuate it.


We are:



We use VAWG to refer to a range of actions that harm, or cause suffering and indignity to, women and children. These include but are not limited to:

  • physical, sexual and psychological violence in the family, general community or institutions. This includes domestic abuse, rape, incest and child sexual abuse
  • sexual harassment and intimidation at work and in public
  • commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution, pornography and trafficking
  • so called 'honour based' violence, including dowry-related violence, female genital mutilation, forced and child marriages and 'honour' crimes

We believe that there are links between VAWG and inequality between men and women. The paper we produced in partnership with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), What does gender have to do with violence against women?, explains our position.

Information for people experiencing domestic abuse is available on the mygov.scot site.

Bills and legislation

Current bill: Domestic Abuse Scotland Bill

Other relevant legislation:


Email: ceu@gov.scot – Central Enquiry Unit

Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit

Scottish Government
Equality Unit
Directorate for Local Government and Communities
Victoria Quay