Date lodged: 11 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to tackle violence among young men.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 21 June 2018
Violence is totally unacceptable. Despite the small increase this year, violent crimes have fallen 49% since 2006-07, to one of the lowest levels seen since 1974.
But, we want to see further reductions to this unacceptable behaviour and are taking forward further actions. Alongside tough enforcement, our approach to violent crime is very firmly focused on prevention. We have already invested more than £14 million in violence prevention since 2006-07, including support for the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit and Medics Against Violence, who work to develop and deliver various violence prevention initiatives including the accelerated delivery of the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme which is now being delivered to young people in schools across Scotland.
We also continue to invest in our No Knives Better Lives youth engagement programme. This is now being delivered in 24 local authorities and is on track to be delivered in all 32 local authority areas this year.