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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04583: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government which organisations have received support from the £20 million that it announced in March 2015 to tackle violence against women, broken down by the amount awarded.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 16 November 2016

A breakdown of the awards to date from the £20 million additional Scottish Government Violence Against Women and Girls Justice funding is set out in the following table. Remaining funding allocations from the £20m will be made during the current year and 2017-18.

Awards of funding from the £20m Violence Against Women and Girls Justice Budget


Amount Awarded





Funding of specialist advocacy service for victims of domestic abuse.

Caledonian System


Improvement of specialist court mandated perpetrator programme for men and associated women’s and children’s service and increasing capacity of programmes in existing areas.

Edinburgh Domestic Abuse Court Service



Funding of specialist advocacy service for victims of domestic abuse.

Independent National Scoping Exercise of Advocacy Services Across Scotland



Independent scoping exercise of the availability, provision of and risk assessment standards of specialist advocacy services for victims of gender based violence across Scotland.

National Specialist and Screening Services Directorate


NHS National Services Scotland – short term appointment to work with Health Boards and assess services currently in place for forensic examinations of victims of rape and sexual assault.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


Specialist trauma services for female victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Police Scotland (Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse)


Contribution towards publicity costs for Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse (‘Clare’s law’)

Rape Crisis Scotland



Funding of specialist advocacy service for victims of sexual offences, including new provision in Orkney and Shetland.

Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service and COPFS



Additional resources for Courts and Crown to prioritise the processing of domestic abuse and sexual offences cases through the courts, reducing trauma and distress for victims and families.

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre



Expanded funding to extend the capacity and geographical reach of specialist independent legal advice service for victims of gender based violence.

Scottish Women’s Aid



Pilot service to assist women survivors of domestic abuse into fair employment.

The University of Strathclyde (Equally Safe in Higher Education)



Funding for the development of a ‘toolkit’ to embed Equally Safe in HEIs to tackle stalking, harassment, domestic abuse and sexual violence and to pilot this approach.

Violence Reduction Unit (Programmes: Mentors in Violence Prevention/Medics Against Violence)


Expanded programme in schools training a further 1,860 young mentors in an additional 93 secondary schools across Scotland to safely challenge and speak out against bullying, abuse and violence. Plus, expand programme delivered to healthcare students; NHS staff, allied health professionals and non-health care professions (e.g. hairdressing, beauticians, vets etc.) to spot and document the signs of potential abuse.