Domestic abuse and violence against women

Tackling domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women

'There are a number of crimes...and abusive behaviours that are perpetrated mostly by men and affect women and children disproportionately. Included in these are domestic abuse, rape and honour crimes all of which have their roots in the inequality between men and women in society.' (Scottish Government, 2009)

North Lanarkshire takes these issues very seriously. We have formed the North Lanarkshire Violence Against Women Working Group (VAWWG) in order to address them.

The VAWWG brings together statutory and voluntary organisations which have an important role to play in tackling domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women.

The VAWWG aims to deliver the national approach as detailed in Equally Safe - Scotland's Strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls at a local level. This document, released in 2016 by the Scottish Government and Cosla, clearly places the route cause of violence against women being gender inequality.

The pdf icon North Lanarkshire Violence Against Women Working Group (VAWWG) Strategy 2014-2018 [159kb] aims to ensure adequate and effective service delivery along with a plan to prevent gender based violence in the long term.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, use the contacts below and on this page to seek help and support:

Rape Crisis National Helpline 08088 01 03 02

Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 027 1234

Men's Advice Line (for men experiencing domestic abuse) 0808 801 0327

Respect Phone Line (help for people who are abusing their partners) 0808 802 4040

Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre 01698 527003

Women's Aid contacts are on this page.

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