Violence in Scotland 

Not everywhere in Scotland has the same levels of knife crime. But most places are affected by violence. Changing how we view violence is helping us reduce violent crime. In an effort to keep going forward, this topic helps to raise awareness of violence and how it escalates.



Understanding Violence

As violent crimes reduce in Scotland we need to look more closely at how violence escalates, for example within gangs or between friends and gender relationships. 

What we know that surprises many, is that perpetrators of violence are often victims themselves or have experienced trauma of some kind in their childhood. 

This topic explains why understanding the role our childhood experiences in how we behave is just as important as knowing how to deal with the heat of the moment.

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Get involved in some activities

Are You Feeling ACE or No?

To understand more about adverse childhood experiences or ACEs.
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The Clothes Line

The clothesline activity looks at the forms of violence that we perpetrate or that are committed against us or surround us and how to break the cycle of violence and hurt.
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People and Things

Increase awareness of power in relationships.
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Get a discussion going

Aces to Assets

View a video by James Docherty from Glasgow as he talks about the importance of seeing people with lived experience of violence.
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Let's Talk About John

We link to John's story to think about the causes and consequences of violence in his life.
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Are You Feeling ACE Today?

To understand the role of adverse childhood experiences on our behaviour as teenagers and adults.
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Test your knowledge to see what you've learned about the causes and consequences of violence.

Each quiz lets you answer questions as an individual or a group. When the quiz is finished, press the button to reveal the answers and see how much you've picked up. Feel free to try it more than once.

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Real life from behind the knife

John's story

These real life stories explain the background, the challenges of being involved in knife crime and the hard lessons learned when trying to move on.

Click the link to read the story and interact with a video, audio track or illustration.

John's story
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