GCU expert joins strategic board to tackle violence against women

12 November 2015

Dr Nancy Lombard

Dr Nancy Lombard

A Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) researcher has been included in an expert board tasked with combatting violence against women and gender inequality, which met for the first time this week.

Dr Nancy Lombard, Reader in Sociology and Social Policy at GCU, has research interests in men’s violence against women, particularly domestic abuse; violence prevention; methods of working with children and young people; and gender.

In a step in taking forward the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling violence against women and girls, the Violence Against Women and Girls Joint Strategic Board (JSB) represents 16 different organisations across government, local authority, police, health and the third sector.

Chaired jointly by Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil and Cllr Harry McGuigan from COSLA, the board will ensure early intervention and prevention continue to be a top priority for the organisations involved.

Alex Neil said: “Gender inequality is both a cause and a consequence of violence against women and girls, and, despite an undoubted shift in attitudes over the years, it is still all too common. The Scottish Government is committed to tackling these inequalities, to create a fair and equal Scotland. This board marks a step change to tackle domestic abuse, prevent sexual assault and all forms of violence against women.”

In March this year, the First Minister announced £20 million would be invested in a range of measures to tackle all forms of violence against women.