Violence Between Girls

This session gives an insight into the issue of violence between girls and young woman in Scotland and explores their reactions to the findings in our report 'The Lassies are No Feart.'

What you will need

You will need...

Timing: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Accessible version for learners of The Lassies are Not Feart (Young Person's Version) 
  • Handouts with key findings and statistics from the report
  • Flip chart or whiteboard with pens
  • Pens or pencils
  • Any other resources for the final activity (creative output)


Start by...

  • Explain the purpose of the lesson: to raise awareness, facilitate discussion and empower participants to address this issue in their communities.
  • Emphasise the importance of creating a safe and supportive space for open discussion and reflection.
Personal Reflection
  • Ask participants to reflect individually on their own experiences or observations of violence between girls and young women in their communities.
  • Provide prompts such as:
    • Have you witnessed or experienced violence between girls or young women?
    • How did it impact you or those involved?
    • What are some common forms of violence you've observed or heard about?
  • Encourage leaners to write down their thoughts or feelings on paper.

Middle bit...

Key Findings from the Report
  • Provide an overview of the report on violence between girls and young women in Scotland, highlighting key findings, statistics and themes.
  • Discuss factors contributing to violence, such as societal norms, peer pressure, social media and access to support services.
  • Encourage participants to ask questions and engage in discussion about the report's findings.
Exploring Our Reactions
  • Facilitate a guided discussion using questions such as:
    • What are your initial reactions to the report's findings?
    • How do these findings relate with your own experiences or observations?
    • What factors do you think contribute to the normality of violence between girls and young women in Scotland?
    • How can we make this better for ourselves?

Encourage participants to share their perspectives and insights.

Taking Steps Towards Change
  • Divide leaners into small groups and provide each group with a set of action planning prompts.
  • Guide groups in brainstorming actionable steps they can take to address violence between girls and young women in their communities.
  • Encourage creativity, collaboration and consideration of both short-term and long-term strategies.
  • Come back together as a large group and have each group share their action plans with everyone else.

End by...

Hope for the future

Ask the leaners to think about what a life without violence would look like. What are their hopes for the future and how can we achieve this? 

Divide the learners into small groups and get them to create something to represent their hope for the future. This could be a poster, play doh scene, video etc. 

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