Feminism, the Government, and the Unique Case of Scotland
As a result of women’s advocacy, Scotland has taken a gender-based approach to addressing domestic abuse. The Scottish government, unlike other countries in the United Kingdom, recognizes domestic abuse as an issue that disproportionately affects women and is associated with historical cultural assumptions about gender roles in society. The Scottish government has identified the “3Ps” necessary to address domestic abuse—protection (legal remedies), provision (responsive services), and prevention—and has oriented its governmental efforts around the 3Ps. Although progress in responding to domestic abuse has been made, in large part thanks to the work of grassroots and women’s organizations, that progress is fragile, and the changes associated with the gender based approach need to be more firmly embedded.
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