Single Sex Service Provision

For women who experience male violence against women a sense of safety is essential to their recovery. It is only through recovery that women, and their children, can avoid and prevent further violence in the future.

For over 40 years single sex services have provided safe spaces for women and their children. These services are supported through the protected characteristic of sex in the Equality Act 2010.

This Act is essential not only to ensure that women are aware of who will be supporting them, but also know that their reality is understood by workers and women alike.

For women with little resources and options, this is essential. Although Women's services are available to all women, and women from across different income bases and backgrounds, are all at risk of male violence, it is those with the least that are more likely to use services, and for longer periods of time.

Single Sex Services for women therefore are a working class issue.

Union members

Frontline Feminists Scotland values the role of Unions in our society. Many of our members are also members of a Union and often look to them for guidance and support in our many roles in our communities.


Today we reach out to the membership Unions to support the voices of the vital violence against women and children services to be heard in the debate regarding single sex service provision, as protected by the Equality Act 2010.

Please find below a motion template for Union members to take to their Branches to ensure the continued union support for vital services for women and children who have experienced violence and abuse.

Legal Information

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Download the Equality Act 2010 here

Equality Act 2010: guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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Sex Matters - Are Single Sex Services Legal

This document outlines the legal situation for single sex service provision.

Are single-sex services legal? — Sex Matters (sex-matters.org)


Scottish Sisters and the Struggle for Funding

Frontline Feminists Scotland join our sisters from Lanarkshire to look at the challenges to providing single sex services in Scotland. #143 Scottish Sisters and the struggle for funding — FiLiA


Sister Organisations

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MBM factcheck on claims made about women’s sex-based rights and gender recognition reform during the 2021 Holyrood election campaign – MurrayBlackburnMackenzie

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