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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19566: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 25 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-19038 by Christina McKelvie on 15 October 2018, what its position is on providing financial support to charities that support male victims of domestic violence or abuse.

Answered by: Christina McKelvie 2 November 2018

Charities providing support to male victims of domestic violence or abuse are welcome to apply to the next round of funding for Equally Safe Violence Against Women and Girls Fund in 2020.

By including domestic abuse in its definition of violence against women and girls, Equally Safe does not say that domestic abuse, or any other form of gender based violence, does not happen to men or that women cannot be perpetrators. It recognises that these forms of violence disproportionately affect women and girls because they are women and girls, as borne out in the evidence sections in Equally Safe and the Equally Safe delivery plan.

It also recognises that all victims of gender based violence, including male victims of domestic abuse, deserve support.