VAWG information July 2020

By Vernonica Campanile

Dear VAWG local network

I hope you find this information useful – still some focus on Covid-19 but as we move forward the sections are interspersed with wider information.

East and Midlothian

  • What About the Men: The safe and together implementation group is undertaking a scoping exercise within local areas to identify what support is available for men in relation to parenting and domestic abuse. This is with a view to developing an information resource for men and staff to allow easier signposting and clear pathways for referral  Can you please consider the following question:  ‘What organisations in the local area work specifically with men in relation to their parenting or domestic abuse?’ and send relevant information to Veronica  (or Lesley Watson or Jen Fraser by 10/08/20.
  • Midlothian Pride Survey The Midlothian People’s Equality Group (MPEG) would like your help. They have compiled a short survey asking for people’s views on the possibility of creating a Midlothian Pride event for 2021.  Get involved and have your say – this survey is managed by the charity Pink Saltire.
  • East Lothian and Midlothian MARAC – SafeLives Scottish Marac Survey (attached).  This survey of Scottish MARACs  was carried out during the early stages of Lockdown (April—May 2020) . It’s worth noting that most would have had a couple of MARACs since lockdown, when there were still a lot of teething issues around remote MARACs and things have moved on for many areas since this data was gathered. It is an interesting report on how MARACs in Scotland faired during those first few challenging months. It was interesting that some areas have struggled with agency attendance. We are heartened that in East Lothian and Midlothian we have continued to work effectively together despite the disruption to our normal working arrangements – this is testament to the our collective continued commitment to MARAC.
  • Women’s Fund for Scotland: Covid Response, Recovery, Resilience:  Grants of up to £5,000 are available under these 2 areas: Emergency Response and Recovery and Resilience.  The Emergency Response strand is intended to equip organisations to deal with the changes required because of the covid-19 outbreak, to provide – so far as possible – the seamless provision of services.  The Recovery and Resilience strand is intended to support organisations adapting their normal working practices to conform to any Government guidelines relating to Covid-19, whilst continuing to meet the needs of the women and girls they work with. In 2020 there will be one round, the deadline for receiving completed application forms and supporting documentation is  4pm, 10th of August 2020. You can get more information here


  • Ending childhood adversity a public health approach  In a new report published on 23rd June 2020, Public Health Scotland sets out the importance of taking a public health approach to ending childhood adversity. This involves evidence-based action at a population level, acting on the social determinants of health in order to prevent poor outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need to prevent and mitigate childhood adversity, making it more important than ever to share the learning and progress made in this area. Sexual abuse, domestic abuse and other forms of gender based violence feature in the report.
  • Poverty, Inequality and Covid 19, Improvement Service: The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the world, but there are certain groups of people for whom the virus and the measures to stop the spread of the virus will have a greater negative impact. Research on influenza has found that in an epidemic, poverty and inequality can exacerbate rates of transmission and mortality for everyone.  This useful overview includes a section on gender based violence.
  •  Social media materials for FE/HE institutions to support victims of GBV:  New social media materials have been produced to help universities and colleges across Scotland support staff and students who might be experiencing GBV while social distancing measures are in place.
  • Gender Based Violence:  Disabled people and women with learning disabilities in particular are at a greater risk of experiencing Gender-based Violence. Public Health Scotland, SafeLives and partners have published easy read posters to highlight the risks of Gender-based Violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. The posters can be found here  EASY READ
  •  Upstream Prevention Pack  Stop It Now! Scotland have created an Upstream Prevention pack designed to help keep children safe from sexual harm.  The pack contains practical advice and resources for professionals, individuals and families. Leaflets are designed for online use and print. . If you wish to receive printed copies of any of these items, please contact .
  •  Safe Lives Scotland – new Domestic Abuse Network: Meeting No 1: June 2020 – practitioners explored the challenges and needs of services as we prepare to move out of lockdown read briefing no 1  *** biggest challenges moving out of lockdown– capacity, safety, meeting staff needs / what services need – staff, logistics, clarity, partner flexibility …
  •  Free learning opportunities:  Public Health Scotland’s Workforce Development Team has launched two new learning hubs.
  •   Do you work with young people? The NHS has developed a short and anonymous survey for staff working with a young people in a wide range of settings. This is to try and find out more about the risks of teenage pregnancy and poor sexual health and help shape the response to young people across Scotland. If you work with young people please fill in the survey
  •  Dogs Trust Freedom Project, dog fostering service for people fleeing domestic abuse, are hosting an online training session on Thursday 13th August at 11am. This free, hour long session will take place on Zoom and explore the dynamics of pets in domestic abuse relationships – it will include an overview of the project and time for questions and answers. To apply email Ashley Szafranek at:
  •  Equally Safe Bulletin No 121, July 2020 – attached

UK and International

  1.  Using Evidence for Change: Domestic Abuse:   These four papers are focused around the area of supporting multi-agency communication in working with domestic abuse in families with children

United Nations EVAW COVID-19 briefs

Safe & Together – free materials 

New programmes on BBC I-Player

Mrs America –  excellent accurate drama on the feminist movement’s struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States from 1960 until today (still not amended) and the counter Republican Women’s movement!

I May Destroy You – a  ‘must see’ fast paced comedy-drama series with and by Michaela Coel on sexual relations, rape, consent, friendship, speaking out, young and black in the publishing world … Find out more about Michaela Coel in this fab James McTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh TV festival

Further reading

Best wishes


Veronica Campanile
Violence Against Women and Girls Coordinator
East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office
Room F28 Brunton Hall
16 Ladywell Way
Musselburgh EH21 6AF
Direct tel: 01620 827475 
Mobile: 07540 101 227/EMPPO Tel: 0131 653 5150