PS38 million will be shared by more than 120 projects in Scotland to help victims of gender-based violence. The focus will also be on prevention.

Delivering Equally Safe Fund provides more than PS28m in funding for frontline services that support women and girls. It prioritizes services that maximize their safety and well-being.

To support projects that focus on preventative and early intervention, the two-year fund was also increased by PS1m annually.

Funding will be provided to 121 projects, which includeRespectThe, which offers helpline services to domestic abuse perpetrators,Kingdom Abuse SurvivorsProject andMoray Women’s Aid.

Minister for EqualitiesChristina McKelvieHe said, “Violence towards women and girls is appalling. We are funding organisations that tackle the issue head-on. Frontline services that support survivors get to the root of abusive behavior.

These organizations offer innovative and new ways to help recovery, educate, and raise prevention awareness.

“I’m also happy that we were able to increase our funding to more than PS1million a year than our original fund in order to support these important initiatives.

“I look forward seeing the results of the valuable work that Equally Safe Fund will deliver.”

Melanie WoodMoray Women’s Aid’s Judith said that she was delighted to have been awarded funding from the Delivering Equally Safe Fund. It will enable us to provide essential services to domestic abuse victims, young women and children, when they need it most.

“The funding will be used to support our Community Outreach Project and Children and Young Person’s Service.”