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Men's Violence Against Women and Children

This Cross-party group's purpose:

To establish a forum for discussion and innovative thinking on men’s violence against women and children, with a focus on prevention, protection, provision and participation, including, but not limited to, all the forms of violence and exploitation encompassed in “Equally Safe - Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.
The purpose is in the public interest as Violence against Women and Girls is the biggest violation of human rights in Scotland, and creating policy and practice that improve Scotland’s response is of the highest public interest.

Our agreed, specific programme includes the following actions:

Monitor, advise on and promote good practice and evidence-based responses.
Promote the rights of women, children and young people experiencing men’s violence and ensure that their experience and views inform the political process.
Promote policy and practice that hold men to account for their violence against women, children and young people.
Link women, children and young people’s experience of violence against women to the wider context of gender equality and women’s inequality. girls." 

Next meeting

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 February 2023, 18.00-19.30.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Nicola Gilbert.


Involved in the group

MSPs, individuals and organisations who participate in and support this group.

Current Members

Rona Mackay


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Strathkelvin and Bearsden (Constituency)

Beatrice Wishart

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Shetland Islands (Constituency)

Claire Baker


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Katy Clark


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: West Scotland (Region)

James Dornan


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Glasgow Cathcart (Constituency)

Sharon Dowey


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Rhoda Grant


Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Audrey Nicoll


Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Aberdeen South and North Kincardine (Constituency)

Tess White


Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Non MSP Individuals

Gillian Baker
Nikki Dillon
George Eckton
Liz Gilchrist
Christine Gray
Lily Greenan
Kelly Johnson
Nancy Lombard
Stephen Madill
Kallia Manoussaki
Carlene McAvoy
Dr Melanie McCarry
Mhairi McGowan
David Morran
Katy Proctor
Richard Whitecross




Amina Muslim Women Resource Centre
Caledonian System
Central Advocacy Partners, Falkirk
Church of Scotland
City of Edinburgh Council, Community Justice
Clinical Psychology Division of the Forensic Mental Health and Learning Disability Service of Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS
Close the Gap
Edinburgh Women’s Aid
The Empower Project Scotland
Girlguiding Scotland
NHS Lanarkshire Gender-Based Violence Services
NUS Scotland
Pilton Community Health Project
Rape Crisis Scotland
Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Perth & Kinross
Scottish Association of Social Workers
Scottish Women’s Aid
SAY Women
Thriving Survivors
UN House Scotland
White Ribbon Scotland
Women’s Support Project
YWCA Scotland
Zero Tolerance