The independent strategic review of funding and commissioning of violence against women and girls services: call for evidence

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Closes 15 Aug 2022

Questions

1. What do you consider to be the main function or purpose of services challenging violence against women and girls?

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Women means anyone who defines themselves as a woman.

Violence against women and girls is defined in the Scottish Government's Equally Safe strategy as "violent and abusive behaviour directed at women and girls precisely because they are women and girls. Behaviour which is carried out predominantly by men. Behaviour that stems from systemic, deep rooted women's inequality, and which includes domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault, commercial sexual exploitation (like prostitution), and so called 'honour based' violence like female genital mutilation and forced marriage".

2. What services should be available for women experiencing any form of violence against women and girls?

Please provide any examples of good practice you may have. 

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Services could include: prevention, refuges, advocacy, counselling, helpline, specialist forensic services, legal advice, outreach, financial assistance, housing, education,   training, assistance finding employment.

 

3 . What services should be available for children and young people experiencing any form of violence against women and girls?

Please provide any examples of good practice you may have.

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Services could include: prevention, refuges, advocacy, counselling, helpline, specialist forensic services, specialist support for children and young people, legal advice, outreach, financial assistance, housing, education, training, assistance finding employment (if applicable).

'Children and young people’ refers to: girls and young women, boys and young men.

4.1 . What role should third sector organisations play in the provision of specialist services to women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls?
4.2. What role should local authorities play in the provision of services to women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls?
4.3. What role should the Scottish Government play in the provision of services to women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls?
4.4. What role should the NHS play in the provision of services for women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls?
4.5. What role should Police Scotland play in the provision of services for women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls?
4.6. Are there any other organisations that should provide services for women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls?
5.1. Should access to services for those experiencing violence against women and girls be a right in law for any woman who needs them e.g. like child/adult protection?
6.1 . Should access to services for those experiencing violence against women and girls be a right in law for any child or young person who needs them e.g. like child/adult protection?
7. How can barriers to services for women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls be removed across Scotland?

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Accessible in relation to: proximity and distance; local provision; immediate/emergency access; disability access; inclusive culturally; faith and belief; inclusive in language; race and ethnicity; nationality; financially.

Protected characteristics are: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation.

8. How can a consistent quality of services for women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls be ensured across Scotland?

Please include examples/ideas/minimum standards you are aware of. 

9.1. Should services and providers for women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls and providers be based on need in their local area?
10.1. Should services and providers for women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls be the same in every local area?
11. What action should be taken to ensure unmet need is met and regional disparities are addressed?
12. How can women, children and young people who have experienced violence against women and girls be meaningfully included in the co-design/evaluation of services?

Please provide examples of good practice. 

13.1. For services receiving funding, what would be the optimum length of funding period to ensure they are able to continue to provide services effectively for women, children and young people experiencing violence against women and girls?
14. Should funding application processes remain ‘lighter touch’ as was the case at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, or revert to a higher level of scrutiny as previously?
15. What is the single most important thing that can be done to reduce/mitigate the impact of violence against women and girls?
16. Is there anything else you would like to tell us?