NHS Health Scotland has been tasked by the Scottish Government to lead the evaluation of Scotland's alcohol strategy through the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) work programme. There is a commitment to providing annual reports from MESAS and in March 2011 the first annual report (the baseline report) was published, followed by the second annual report in December 2012.
Together, we can tackle violence
Each year more than 100 people are killed in violent attacks in Scotland. It's a shocking statistic but it doesn't have to be this way.We don't have to accept that lives are lost through needless, mindless violence. We don't have to accept that violence is an inevitable part of life. That's why the Violence Reduction Unit was created, to develop a national approach to tackling violence across Scotland - and to show that violence is preventable, not inevitable.Browse our website to find out what's being done to tackle violence.
The VRU are members of the World Health Organisation, Violence Prevention Alliance. Our responsibility is the reduction of all forms of violence from bullying to suicide and everything in between. We believe that the focus of our collective efforts must be on prevention and that by viewing violence as a public health problem offers the best chance of achieving a sustainable reduction in all forms of violence.
This report outlines evaluation findings of the pilot implementation of the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme (MVP) delivered in three Scottish high schools during the 2012-13 school year: Port Glasgow and St Stephen’s High Schools in Inverclyde, and Portobello High School in Edinburgh. The project utilised a mixed methods approach to undertake a process and outcome evaluation to examine the effectiveness and acceptability of MVP from the perspective of staff, mentors, and mentees. The three primary research questions were: 1. What are pupils’ attitudes towards gender violence? 2.
There's no community spirit, people are only out for themselves and have no interest in their community, what's the point in doing anything it will only get wrecked, why should we do anything in our community, that's what the council are there for and even if we did want to do anything we've nae money anyway, sound familiar?
Consider the following scenario -
Whilst overall levels of violent crime have shown a decrease, levels of sexual violence including Rape appear to be rising. A recent Glasgow Herald article suggested that Rape was now as common as Robbery in Scotland. Whilst it is clear that reports of historic rape are on the rise and may be contributing to these statistics it is clear that levels of sexual violence remain worryingly high.
The aim of this event is to:
Scotland’s issues with alcohol are well-documented. A quarter of men and almost one-fifth of women drank at levels considered ‘hazardous’ last year. Alcohol sales north of the border have risen 6 per cent in the last two decades and are 19 per cent higher per capita than in England and Wales
Seven former gang members have been given the chance to turn their lives around thanks to the VRU and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
The seven, who range in age from 18 - 24, were selected to take part in a special course which will see them not only experience army life and help out at the Tattoo, but also take part in the actual event on a regular basis.