Violence Against Women Funding 2011-12
The Scottish Government funds a number of projects tackling violence against women, including domestic abuse. For details of all projects funded in 2011-12 please see the VAW funding spreadsheet 2011-12.
Violence Against Women Fund
The Violence Against Women Funding provides financial support to help with measures to tackle all forms of violence against women. This includes projects delivering frontline services or building capacity in local partnerships to strengthen responses to violence against women. The funding aims to improve current circumstances, not replace or compete with existing alternative funding arrangements. In tackling violence against women, the Scottish Government works to a gender-based analysis of such violence. The focus of this funding is on the experiences of women and children. This does not mimimise the experiences of those affected by other forms of violence, including men's experiences of abuse.
Children's Services Fund 2011-12
In 2006, the Children's Services - Women's Aid Fund was established and £6m invested (2006-08) to fund specialist workers offering direct support to children and young people experiencing domestic abuse, in addition to approximately £1.5 million per year invested by local authorities. This funding allocation was made in direct response to the Listen Louder campaign organised by Scottish Women's Aid, which gave children and young people experiencing domestic abuse the opportunity to tell Scottish Ministers what their needs were. Their priority was the need for dedicated children's workers. The children's services are mainly provided through the network of Women's Aid groups in Scotland and this funding ensures that each Women's Aid group has a minimum of 3 full time workers to offer refuge/follow on support and a specific worker to provide outreach support to children in the wider community. The overall aims of the Children's Services Women's Aid Fund were to:
- Increase the access of children and young people to Women's Aid services
- Provide a wide range of specialist support services that meet the diverse needs of children and young people experiencing domestic abuse
- Ensure that Women's Aid services for children and young people meet recommended practice standards
- Ensure that children and young people are able to inform service developments and that they have opportunities to participate in the ongoing evaluation of services provided
- Work in partnership with other professionals and services.
Rape Crisis Specific Fund 2011-12
The Rape Crisis Specific Fund provides core funding for local rape crisis centres, thus enabling stability of funding and ensuring greater consistency of provision across Scotland. It is specifically aimed at services to support women who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
Funding for the Violence Against Women Fund, Children's Services Fund and Rape Crisis Specific Fund have all been continued for a further year 2011-12. Applications were submitted to the Gender Equality and Violence Against Women Team by 17 February 2011. Applications for these funding streams are now closed. The text and documents below only apply to those who received a grant offer letter from the Gender Equality and Violence Against Women Team in March 2011.
Documents to be submitted in 2011-12
The final documents to be completed for this financial year are the 2011-12 End of Year Project Report for Children's Services Fund and the 2011-12 End of Year Project Report for all other funds. The deadline for submission of these reports is Monday 30 April 2012. They should be completed electronically and emailed to: VAWT@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.