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 mainly by men and affect women and children disproportionately. These include:

  • domestic abuse
  • rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault
  • stalking
  • sexual harassment and intimidation at work and in the public sphere
  • commercial sexual exploitation, including prostitution, pornography and human trafficking
  • child sexual abuse (children and adult survivors)
  • dowry related violence
  • female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • forced and child marriages and so-called ‘honour’ based violence


“Domestic Abuse (as a gender-based abuse) can be perpetrated by partners or ex-partners and can include physical abuse (assault and physical attack involving a range of behaviour), sexual abuse (acts which degrade and humiliate women and are perpetrated against their will, including rape) and mental and emotional abuse (such as threats, verbal abuse, racial abuse, withholding money and other types of controlling behaviour such as isolation from family and friends).”  Scottish Partnership on Domestic Abuse, 2000

Sexual Abuse can be defined as “any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting, including but not limited to home and work".

Inverclyde Council takes these issues very seriously and is part of Inverclyde Violence Against Women Multi Agency Partnership (VAW MAP) in order to work towards addressing them.  The MAP developed the Inverclyde Violence Against Women Strategy 2012-2017 which ‘…aims to establish the issues related to VAW in Inverclyde an identify the priorities to be addressed by the Inverclyde VAW MAP.’ 

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

The VAW MAP aims to deliver the national approach as detailed in Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls (2014).  This document, developed by Scottish Government and COSLA, provides a strategic framework for the delivery of the Scottish Government’s equality outcome on tackling VAW. 

The Inverclyde Violence Against Women Multi Agency Partnership is committed to addressing Physical, Psychological and Sexual Abuse via the 4 Ps set by Scottish Government:

  • Prevention – to prevent, remove or diminish the risk of violence against women and its impacts on children and young people
  • Protection – to protect women from victimisation, repeat victimisation or harassment by perpetrators and protect the children and young people affected
  • Provision – to provide adequate services to deal with the consequences of violence against women and children to help them rebuild their lives
  • Participation – to ensure policy making and practice development around violence against women is shaped by the experiences, needs and views of those who use services
If you are in immediate danger or require an emergency service please call Police Scotland on 999 (or 101 for non-emergencies).   

Page last updated: 10 October 2017