High hopes? The gender equality duty and its impact on responses to gender-based violence

Burman, M. and Johnstone, J. (2015) High hopes? The gender equality duty and its impact on responses to gender-based violence. Policy and Politics, 43(1), pp. 45-60. (doi: 10.1332/030557312X655846)

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From 2007 until 2011, legislation in the form of the Gender Equality Duty (GED) required public bodies in Britain to take gender equality into consideration in all their policies and services. This article traces the development and implementation of the GED in Scotland, following a period of constitutional reform. It outlines its scope and focuses on its perceived potential as a policy tool for driving practical and cultural change in the way public bodies, particularly those responsible for the delivery of criminal justice, respond to gender-based violence. In so doing, it highlights the distinctive approach taken to gender-based violence in Scotland, and argues that despite some evidence of mainstreaming, the real potential for change afforded by the (short-lived) GED was never fully realised.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:his is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Policy and Politics. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557312X65584
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burman, Professor Michele
Authors: Burman, M., and Johnstone, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Policy and Politics
Publisher:Policy Press
ISSN (Online):1470-8442
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Policy Press
First Published:First published in Policy and Politics 43(1):45-60
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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