Angus Violence Against Women Partnership

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About the partnership

The Angus Violence Against Women Partnership (AVAWP) is a multi-agency partnership dedicated to tackling all forms of violence against women and girls in Angus. AVAWP reports to the Angus Chief Officer Group.

AVAWP recognises that partnership working is essential for providing a comprehensive response to violence against women and girls and that by working together, agencies can intervene more effectively with the men who perpetrate violence; safeguard the women and children affected by it; and take steps to prevent it happening in the first place.

Composition of AVAWP


The work of AVAWP has Equally Safe, the Scottish Government and COSLA's joint Strategy and the National Guidance for Violence Against Women Partnerships as its underpinning documents.

Equally Safe Strategic Vision

We aspire to eradicate violence against women and girls in Angus and make it a place where women and children can, with support when necessary, live safely free from the inequalities and harm associated with gender based violence.

In 2016 the Scottish Government published a revised edition of Equally Safe which is Scotland's strategy to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls. This encompasses (but is not limited to):

  • physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family (including children and young people), within the general community or in institutions, including domestic abuse, rape and incest
  • sexual harassment, stalking, bullying and intimidation in any public or private space, including work
  • commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution, lap dancing, stripping, pornography and human trafficking
  • child sexual abuse, including familial sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation and online abuse
  • so called 'honour based' violence, including dowry-related violence, female genital mutilation
  • forced and child marriages and 'honour' crimes

Equally Safe has four priorities which will be the priorities for AVAWP:

  1. Scottish society embraces equality and mutual respect, and rejects all forms of violence against women and girls.
  2. Women and girls thrive as equal citizens - socially, culturally, economically and politically.
  3. Interventions are early and effective, preventing violence and maximising the safety and wellbeing of women, children and young people.
  4. Men desist from all forms of violence against women and girls, and perpetrators of such violence receive a robust and effective response.