Resources and Links
Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018
The law now recognises psychological harm, as well as physical harm, as an offence.
This means that abusers engaging in patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour (behaviour that has taken place on two or more occasions) can now be punished by law.
For more information please visit safer.scot
Strategies, Action Plans and Guidance
Uk Government Strategy
Equally Safe at Work
Equally Safe at Work is an innovative employer accreditation programme developed by Close the Gap which is being piloted in seven local councils across Scotland, including Shetland Islands Council. The programme aims to support employers to improve their employment practice to advance gender equality at work, and prevent violence against women.
Equally Safe at Work supports the implementation of Equally Safe, Scotland's national strategy to eradicate violence against women and girls. The strategy, which is jointly owned by Scottish Government and COSLA, recognises that violence against women is a cause and consequence of wider gender inequality. Addressing gender inequality in the workplace is therefore a fundamental step in preventing violence against women.
About Close the Gap - "Close the Gap is Scotland’s expert policy and advocacy organisation working on women’s labour market participation. We work with policymakers, employers and employees to influence and enable action to address the causes of women’s inequality at work. More information on Close the Gap's work is available on our website."
Resources containing further information about Equally Safe at Work, types of Violence Against Women and the impact these have in the workplace, can be found below. Sources of support are also listed:
Scottish Child Law Centre www.sclc.org.uk
Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme – Training students to speak out against rape, dating violence, sexual harrassment, bullying and all forms of violent and abusive behaviour
National Domestic Abuse Adviceline - help for professionals
Over 100 cases of domestic abuse take place in Shetland every year, with 115 recorded in 2017-18. There are around 60,000 cases recorded in Scotland annually - that is one every ten minutes. Domestic Abuse affects people across our community regardless of sex, race, age, religion, sexuality, income or lifestyle.