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Gender based violence is a function of gender inequality, and an abuse of male power and privilege. It takes the form of actions that result in physical, sexual and psychological harm or suffering to women and children, or affront to their human dignity, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life. It is men who predominantly carry out such violence, and women who are predominantly the victims of such violence. By referring to violence as ‘gender based’ this definition highlights the need to understand violence within the context of women’s and girl’s subordinate status in society. Such violence cannot be understood, therefore, in isolation from the norms, social structure and gender roles within the community, which greatly influence women’s vulnerability to violence.
This definition of gender-based violence is based on the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
We want to have a strong and flourishing Clackmannanshire where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where they live free from all forms of violence and abuse, and the attitudes that help perpetuate it.
Society embraces equality and mutual respect, and rejects all forms of violence and abuse against women and girls.
Women and girls thrive as equal citizens: socially, culturally, economically and politically.
Interventions are early and effective, preventing violence or abuse and maximising the safety and wellbeing of women, children and young people.
Men desist from all forms of violence and abuse against women and girls and perpetrators receive a robust and effective response.
If you are in need of support, please refer to our gender based violence page for information about services.
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