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Glasgow Standing Group on Violence Against Women (SGVAW)

SGVAW works from a gender based, human rights approach, which is based on the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women which states that: 

'Gender based violence (GBV) 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.  

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.'  

Membership of the Standing Group consists of the 8 specialist violence against women services in Glasgow;

  • Daisy Project

  • Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis

  • Glasgow East Women's Aid

  • Glasgow Women's Aid

  • Hemat Gryffe

  • SAY Women

  • Wise Women

  • Women's Support Project

The Standing Group has a strategic role, highlights the needs of women experniecing or who have experienced any form of violence against women. 

As part of it's strategic role the Standing Group has 4 places allocated to members on the Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership.


In October 2020, the group commissioned a consultant to review the need for specialist violence against women services and the benefits for women, children and young people (WCYP) who access services, the wider community and public services in general. A literature review was conducted, interviews and an online survey were carried out with key partners.

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