Domestic abuse

Lord Advocate commits to tackling domestic abuse amid rising reports

The Lord Advocate has vowed to give renewed focus to efforts by Scotland’s prosecutors to tackle domestic abuse and stalking as the justice system recovers from the effects of the pandemic.

Published 8 September 2021

New housing policy strengthens West Dunbartonshire's domestic abuse prevention

A new policy has been introduced to strengthen West Dunbartonshire Council’s approach to preventing and addressing domestic abuse in a housing and homelessness setting.

Published 3 September 2021

New move-on service for women experiencing domestic abuse launches in Scotland

Women experiencing domestic abuse will be able to access a new support service to help them find suitable and safe housing in a different area.

Published 28 July 2021

Domestic abuse in Scotland rose by 4% in 2019-20

Scotland’s Chief Statistician has released domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, 2019-20 revealing an increase of 4% compared to the previous year.

Published 23 June 2021

Student's new builds design to help rebuild lives of domestic abuse survivors

Helping survivors of domestic violence find safety, privacy and space to rebuild their lives is the aim of one Architecture project featuring in the University of Dundee’s Art, Design and Architecture Graduate Showcase 2021, which launched last week.

Published 14 June 2021

SGN to provide Online Safe Spaces for victims of domestic abuse

SGN has partnered with crisis charity Hestia and its ‘UK Says No More’ campaign as well as the Royal Mail Group to provide Online Safe Spaces for victims of domestic abuse to access specialist support and information through its website.

Published 7 April 2021

SFHA welcomes passing of legislation to protect victims of domestic abuse

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s passing of the Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill. 

Published 19 March 2021

Domestic Abuse Scotland Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

Legislation has been passed giving more powers to police and courts and social landlords to protect people at risk of domestic abuse.

Published 18 March 2021

Domestic abuse cases prioritised in Aberdeen virtual court hearings

From May the majority of domestic abuse summary trials in Aberdeen Sheriff Court will be conducted virtually, with only the accused person and their solicitor having to be present in the court premises, Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle has announced.

Published 15 March 2021

New policy for dealing with domestic abuse agreed by Aberdeen City Council

A new policy setting out how Aberdeen City Council’s housing service will deal with incidents of domestic abuse was unanimously agreed at a committee meeting yesterday.

Published 12 March 2021

Garry Burns: Further housing protections required for survivors in Domestic Abuse Bill

With Homeless Action Scotland invited to submit evidence at stage one of the Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill, communications and engagement manager Garry Burns outlines the charity's concerns in relation to the housing and homelessness element of the legislation.

Published 3 February 2021

New board to implement additional protections for domestic abuse victims

A Scottish Government-led board will be established to ensure the effective implementation of proposed new measures to protect victims of domestic abuse.

Published 27 January 2021

‘Further work required’ on Domestic Abuse Bill, says Justice Committee

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has backed the underlying intentions behind the Scottish Government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill, but warned that serious practical concerns raised during the course of its scrutiny need to be addressed.

Published 21 January 2021

Aileen Campbell: Protecting women experiencing domestic abuse

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell outlines how the Scottish Government is improving housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

Published 23 December 2020

SFHA in favour of power to evict domestic abuse perpetrators

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has backed proposals from the Scottish Government that would allow social landlords to end the tenancies of those who commit domestic abuse.

Published 22 December 2020