COPFS is playing its part to help raise awareness of the prevalence of all forms of gender-based violence and to galvanise action to end violence against women in our own communities and around the world.
25th November 2016 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the starting point each year for the United Nations ‘16 days of activism against gender-based violence’ campaign.
The campaign, which runs until Human Rights Day on 10th December, is regarded internationally as an opportunity to raise awareness of the prevalence of all forms of gender-based violence, including domestic abuse, rape and sexual violence, stalking and forced marriage. Even today in Scotland, these crimes still very significantly and disproportionately affect women and girls as the victims of male perpetrators.
COPFS prosecutors, including the National Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse, will be speaking at two conferences in Stirling ‘From Power and Control to Empowering and Protecting’ and ‘Empowering victims of stalking: Launch of the Victim Impact Box’.
At the former the prosecution service will focus on domestic abuse and stalking and the critical role robust and effective enforcement and prosecution can play in preventing these crimes; and also how legislative reforms being proposed might assist in tackling these crimes. At the latter we will focus on the experience of prosecuting stalking in recent years.
Events are taking place all around Scotland so if you are interested in finding out more, search the internet for ‘16 days of Activism’ and entering the town/city you reside in should bring up relevant events in your area.