Domestic abuse

Nearly 1,700 domestic abuse crimes reported under new law

Nearly 1,700 crimes were reported under Scotland's new domestic abuse laws in their first year in force, according to new figures.

Published 30 September 2020

Craigdale launches domestic abuse policy and becomes hate crime reporting centre

Craigdale Housing Association has decided to mark Scottish Housing Day 2020 by launching its Domestic Abuse Policy and confirming its position as a third-party reporting centre for hate crime.

Published 16 September 2020

Fife Council showcases improved housing support for domestic and sexual abuse victims

To mark this year's Scottish Housing Day, Fife Council has highlighted the issue of domestic abuse to remind people of the available support.

Published 16 September 2020

CIH Scotland: Improving housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse

CIH Scotland has provided an update of the work of the group it is co-chairing with Scottish Women's Aid on improving housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

Published 10 September 2020

Domestic abuse charges reach five-year high

Domestic abuse charges have reached their highest figure since 2015-16, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has revealed.

Published 9 September 2020

Bill would allow removal of suspected domestic abusers from homes

The police and courts could gain the power to remove suspected domestic abusers from victims' homes under proposed new legislation.

Published 8 September 2020

Report highlights impact of COVID-19 on responses to domestic abuse

A new report from Scottish Women's Aid has revealed the devastating effects that COVID-19 - and measures to address the pandemic - have had on those experiencing domestic abuse and on the specialist services working to support survivors. 

Published 4 September 2020

New resource to improve awareness of domestic abuse

A new online resource is being made available to help support people experiencing or at risk of, domestic abuse in Scotland.

Published 17 August 2020

Callum Chomczuk: Housing providers must do more to support victims of domestic abuse

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) Scottish Knowledge Exchange Hub session on June 30 focused on the forthcoming domestic abuse and COVID-19 project. The participants in this subgroup had a range of backgrounds from across policy and practice, all with experience and interest in issues relating to domestic abuse. Callum Chomczuk captures some of what the participants discussed, particularly the challenges in domestic abuse policy before the pandemic, the current landscape and what the necessary policy inventions are coming out of the pandemic for landlords and policymakers.

Published 9 July 2020

Consultation begins into draft domestic abuse policy at Blairtummock

Blairtummock Housing Association has launched a consultation into its proposed domestic abuse policy as it announced its support for the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand campaign.

Published 8 July 2020

Aberdeenshire Council highlights support available for domestic violence victims

Aberdeenshire Council has emphasised that the support available to victims of domestic abuse continues to be available throughout the pandemic.

Published 24 June 2020

NatWest announces £1m support for economic and domestic abuse victims

NatWest Group, the owner of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has launched a £1 million fund to support victims of economic and domestic abuse, in a new partnership with SafeLives.

Published 10 June 2020

MSPs seek commitments on support for domestic abuse victims during lockdown

A Holyrood committee has called on the Scottish Government to set out the steps it is taking to ensure women and children at increased risk of domestic abuse during lockdown have access to the support services they need to escape violence.

Published 5 June 2020

New domestic abuse guidance and support for councils

Councils will get more support to deal with increased levels of domestic abuse and gender-based violence during the coronavirus outbreak, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 20 May 2020

Edinburgh puts safety of domestic abuse victims at heart of housing approach

The City of Edinburgh Council has adopted a new policy which aims to give people affected by domestic abuse access a range of housing options and has called for councils to have the power to evict perpetrators from their homes in joint tenancy cases.

Published 19 May 2020