Date lodged: 27 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to increase awareness of services such as Women’s Aid Orkney to encourage more women in Orkney to seek support following domestic abuse.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 9 November 2016
The Scottish Government recognises the vital role support services have in raising awareness of domestic abuse in these communities and supporting victims to have the confidence to come forward and report it. That is why we have provided an additional £1.85m (2015-18) to Rape Crisis Scotland to enhance specialist support for victims across Scotland and, in partnership with Orkney and Shetland Women’s Aid, open the first-ever rape crisis services in these areas.