Working with young people experiencing VAW issues

Zero Tolerance are an organisation based in Edinburgh who work to end violence against women through tackling the root cause of this violence - gender inequality. They have specific resources for working with young people:

Violence in young people's intimate relationships is a child-welfare problem. Girls and young women reporting higher rates for all forms of violence and a greater level of negative impacts. Young people too often see this violence as 'normal' and with the increased pressures facing young people, due to sexualised images, social media and more readily available pornography, there is a clear need for a prevention initiative to tackle this issue.

Our work in this area is split into two projects:

  • Under Pressure, a training for trainers on abuse and sexual exploitation in young people’s relationships.
  • Equally Safe at School, which aims to equip schools with the tools to challenge gender based violence and stereotypes, and promote equality

Safelives is a UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good. They have a list of resources for supporting young people shared by expert partners.

The hideout is a website run by Women's Aid for young people. There are a number of educational resources on this page.

Rape Crisis Scotland are drawing on decades of experience of working with survivors of sexual violence across Scotland to prevent violence and to work towards the long-term aim that we live in society free from sexual violence. In recent years they have built upon their substantial expertise by developing well-researched and evidenced approaches to primary prevention of sexual violence. Please see link for more information.

The Scottish Government has a range of information regarding Child Sexual Exploitation including a briefing paper for practitioners.

The Teenage Power and Control Wheel is a useful resource to use with young people to help them understand the dynamics of abuse:

Teenage Power and Control Wheel showing how power and control are used in relationships


Another useful resource is the Cup of Tea video which helps young people understand the concept of consent.

Oor Fierce Girls Toolkit

Originally dubbed “Young Women Know”, Oor Fierce Girls is a joint project between NSPCC Scotland, YWCA Scotland – the Young Women’s Movement, and Dundee City Council to come together to work with young women and girls to develop tailored resources to address peer sexual abuse and help ensure that every young woman and girl in Dundee knows what a healthy relationship is and where to go if they need advice or support. Please see this link for their website.

Please see this link for conversation starter toolkit for professionals.

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Useful links

Report from Safelives - This report  discusses young people and domestic abuse. It is part of the ‘Spotlight’ series which focuses on ‘hidden’ groups of domestic abuse victims or those with unmet needs, and proposes recommendations for both practitioners and policy makers.

Safelives Young People's Risk Assessment Checklist

Police webpage

Love Respect - an excellent website for young people

Power Up/Power Down was an exciting partnership project between Scottish Women’s Aid and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland. 

In 2016, 27 children and young people aged between 6 and 17 years old took part in a participatory project, Power Up/Power Down, supported by Glasgow Women’s Aid, Shakti Women’s Aid and East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid. Throughout a series of sessions, they explored themes of power, children’s rights, making their voices heard in court, and how to improve the experience and outcomes for children affected by domestic abuse in family court actions relating to contact decisions