The SVRU support the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) bill. SVRU director Niven Rennie said: "We all have the right to live our lives free from violence in all its forms. Assaulting an adult is never justifiable so why should an assault on a child be acceptable. The evidence is clear, violence inflicted at an early age can create lasting emotional and psychological damage. At the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit we see long-term effects of childhood trauma every day. If we want to make Scotland the best place for children to grow up in the world then we must protect them from harm."