Budget increase to tackle violence against women

Thursday February 27th, 2020

New £13 million fund in record human rights and equality package.Businesswomen with laptop

Services to protect women and girls from gender-based violence will receive an extra £1 million this year with the launch of a £13 million fund.

The Delivering Equally Safe Fund – which brings together a number of previous funding streams – will support frontline organisations, with a focus on prevention and early intervention.

It comes after the budget allocation for equality and human rights received a £5.5 million boost to a record £30 million.

The Scottish Government has already introduced ground-breaking legislation that criminalises psychological domestic abuse and launched a range of initiatives to support gender equality in schools, universities, colleges and workplaces.

Minister for Equalities and Older People Christina McKelvie said:

“This £13 million fund will give frontline services an extra £1 million a year and shows how seriously we take erasing the terror and damage of gender-based violence from our society.

Across greater legal protections, improving forensic medical services for victims of sexual assault and enhancing protections for those at risk of Female Genital Mutilation, we want to keep vulnerable women and girls safe from harm.

Our record £30 million investment in equalities will help us create a Scotland where everyone is protected and violence, discrimination and gender-based inequality are consigned to history.”

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