MSPs praise domestic violence charity Cedar Network

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Sandra White led MSPs in praising the work of domestic abuse charity Cedar Network in a member's debate on 14 January 2014.

Ms White, who was leading the debate as fellow SNP MSP James Dornan, who had tabled the motion, was unable to attend due to a family bereavement.

She commended the hard work and dedication of the charity's staff.

Cedar Network (children experiencing domestic abuse recovery) has a range of projects across Scotland working with children, young people and their mothers recovering from living with domestic abuse.

The main aim of the programme is to help mothers to support their children in their recovery.

Scottish Conservative MSP Margaret Mitchell spoke of the "sobering fact that no fewer than 100,000 children in Scotland are living with domestic abuse".

Ms Mitchell called for longer term funding to properly tackle domestic abuse where it is identified and "ideally a three year funding period should become the norm to make sure that these interventions are available".

MSPs also highlighted the work of Nancy Lombard, a lecturer in social policy at Glasgow Caledonian University, on young people's attitudes toward violence which suggests that engaging them in discussions on the subject helps challenge gendered perceptions of this.

Sport Minister Shona Robison congratulated Scottish Women's Aid for bringing the Cedar Network model to Scotland and highlighted Police Scotland's prioritising of domestic abuse as one of their top three targets.

Ms Robison concluded by saying Scotland's Strategy to Tackle Violence against Women, which is currently being developed, "gives us the opportunity to step up all of that work so we can try to eradicate the scourge of domestic abuse from our society."

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