Violence Against Men

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:51 pm on 10th June 2010.

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Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party 4:51 pm, 10th June 2010

That highlights the point that I made earlier: we need a much greater understanding of the evidence and what is actually happening. One action that I am taking forward from the debate is to commission more research to find out much more about what is behind the figures so that we can ensure that services are designed and tailored to meet the nature as well as the scale of the problem.

When we talk about children as victims, it is also important to remember that the long-term impact on them can be devastating. I am glad to say that we now have a group of young experts—voice against violence—who help us to develop and implement our policy. Those young people provide invaluable insights and their own perspectives to make things better for other young people who are experiencing domestic abuse.