An action plan to tackle violence against women in Scotland is to be expanded.

The Equally Safe strategy, launched last year, included measures to teach school children the importance of consent and healthy relationships.

Now as part of a United Nations campaign of 16 days of activism around violence against women, the Scottish Government has highlighted actions taken and schemes to be expanded.

The Caledonian Programme. that works with men convicted of domestic abuse-related offences, is to be extended to help cut re-offending, while the Rape Crisis Sexual Violence Prevention Programme will also be taken to more schools.

Additional funding for rape crisis centres was announced last month.

Equalities minister Christina McKelvie said: “The UN campaign provides an opportunity to focus on violence against women and girls, which remains a very real problem.

“I will be taking part in a number of events over the 16 days to highlight the actions being taken to tackle this issue.

“Our progress report provides evidence of the work undertaken so far and the work planned for the future. We are determined to work with others to create a Scotland to be proud of.”