Guidance for responding to violence against women is an important element of staff support and can help to ensure a consistent service response.  Most current policies relate to domestic abuse.  If your organisation has guidance on other aspects of violence against women, or if you are aware of such guidance, please send us details.

Violence against women

The Scottish Government National Gender-Based Violence and Health Team has produced a series of guides to support staff to respond to gender-based violence. These cover:

  • What health workers need to know about gender based violence: an overview
  • Childhood sexual abuse (adult survivors)
  • Domestic abuse
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Commercial sexual exploitation
  • Harmful traditional practices

Highland Community Planning Partnership has produced Multi-Agency Guidance for staff for responding to violence against women, which includes information on definition, impact and expectations for staff responses. (word 0.98MB)

Highland has also produced a paper setting out the agreed approaches for Highland for interventions with perpetrators of domestic abuse (word 78KB)

University and College Union has produced guidelines for UCU branch officers assisting members experiencing domestic violence. (pdf 83KB)

AVA (Against Violence and Abuse)
Covers England and Wales but guides to domestic abuse information sharing, procedure for safeguarding children, sample drugs policy for refuges are a useful starting point

Stella Project toolkit
Domestic violence, drugs and alcohol: good practice guidelines

No Boundaries: domestic abuse and substance misuse
Dundee Violence Against Women Parternership.  A practice guide

Handling cases of forced marriage
Multi-agency practice guidelines 2009 (pdf 504KB)

Forced marriage and learning disabilities
Multi-agency guidance HM Government,  2010 (pdf 586KB)

Child protection

National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2010 (pdf 2.24MB)
Scottish Government

LGBT issues

Stronger Together: Guidance for women`s services on the inclusion of transgender women (pdf 381.19KB)
Tayside VAW training Consortium, LGBT Domestic Abuse Project and LGBT Youth Scotland. 2011

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