£34m to tackle domestic violence in Scotland

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Services tackling violence against women and children in Scotland are to receive more than £34m in funding over the next three years, it was announced.

The Scottish government said the money would support 138 projects.

They include schemes which provide support for women who are suffering from domestic abuse, or for those who have been violently or sexually abused.

The health secretary said it reflected the government's high priority in tackling violence against women.

Nicola Sturgeon said: "I have always been very clear that violence against women will not be tolerated.

"Since 2007, funding for violence against women work has doubled and the Scottish government has demonstrated its commitment, despite budget constraints, to maintaining spending in this crucial area of work."

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