Empowered: Violence Against Women and Girls Partnership

Empowered is the multi-agency Partnership of services in East Dunbartonshire which have an interest in preventing and eliminating all forms of Violence Against Women and Girls. The Partnership was originally known as the Multi-Agency Domestic Abuse Partnership and was established in 2006. Since 2013 the Partnership has been known as Empowered. Empowered is made up of members from a range of Council Services, Councillors, other statutory services and voluntary services operating in East Dunbartonshire.

Services which are represented on Empowered include:

Empowered partners hold a wide range of knowledge and expertise and meet on a six-weekly basis to:

  • Share current practice and developments
  • Consider the implications of national policies/initiatives on local services
  • Highlight gaps and add value to local services through working more closely together
  • Develop and carry out an Outcome focused Action Plan annually.

Empowered is guided by the Local Outcome Improvement Plan and as such, reports on activities annually to the Community Planning Partnership Board. The Partnership works to a five-year Strategy with a rolling one-year Action Plan. This plan sets out activities which are structured around the national Outcomes and Priorities set by the Scottish Government in Equally Safe.

Service Commission 

In April 2015, it was unanimously decided that local services which were meeting evidence-based need within the East Dunbartonshire would be commissioned by Empowered to operate. This process completely replaced the Empowered Project Fund which local organisations/groups previously applied to for funding.

What is Violence Against Women and Girls? 

Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) is a term used by the Scottish Government to define a range of actions which harm or cause suffering and loss of dignity to women and girls. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, within general community or in institutions, including domestic abuse, rape, incest and child sexual abuse
  • Sexual harassment and intimidation at work and in the public sphere; stalking including persistent and unwanted phone calls, messages and social media communication; commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution, pornography and trafficking
  • Harmful cultural practices including dowry related violence, forced and child marriage, female genital mutilation and honour crimes

VAWG has its routes within the imbalanced nature of power and privilege between male and female genders. This is understood as using a gendered approach to VAWG .

For more information about Empowered please contact the VAWG Coordinator (Community Planning and Partnerships Team) on equality@eastdunbarton.gov.uk or by phoning 0300 123 4510.