Scottish Women’s Aid



CIH Scotland welcomes publication of domestic abuse protection legislation

New legislative proposals to give social landlords more powers to protect victims of domestic abuse have been commended by CIH Scotland.

Published 12 October 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

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 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

CIH Scotland launches new housing guidance on domestic abuse and COVID-19

Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) and CIH Scotland have published new guidance for social landlords to assist them in responding robustly to domestic abuse as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Published 15 April 2020

Scottish Government marks year of domestic abuse law with extra support for victims during COVID-19 outbreak

The safety and well-being of women and children who are at risk of experiencing violence during the coronavirus outbreak is being supported with funds for key organisations, justice secretary Humza Yousaf has announced.

Published 1 April 2020

Scottish Women's Aid calls for sustainable funding as 84% of services struggle to meet demand

Domestic abuse charity Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) marked International Women’s Day yesterday calling for national and local authorities, and community planning partnerships, to offer secure, long-term funding for specialist domestic abuse services.

Published 9 March 2020

New project aims to improve access to legal services for survivors of domestic abuse

Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) is embarking on a new project to address a lack of access to justice for women and children experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland.

Published 2 December 2019

Scottish Government announces new domestic abuse protection measures

The police and courts will be given new powers to remove suspected domestic abusers from the homes of victims or others at risk, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Published 16 October 2019

Scottish Women's Aid shares domestic abuse messages with First Minister

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon met with staff from Scottish Women's Aid on Tuesday and was presented with more than 100 messages from the public about domestic abuse.

Published 3 October 2019

Argyll and Bute signs Make a Stand domestic abuse pledge

Argyll and Bute Council has reaffirmed its commitment to preventing homelessness arising from domestic abuse.

Published 6 September 2019

Housing providers unite to tackle leading cause of women’s homelessness

New guidance has been launched today to help social landlords and local authority housing providers offer a safer and more consistent approach to domestic abuse – the number one cause of women and children’s homelessness in Scotland.

Published 26 August 2019

South Ayrshire Council first council in Europe to give staff 'safe leave'

A Scottish council is the first in Europe to give its employees who have suffered domestic abuse "safe leave".

Published 14 February 2019

Call for views in final weeks of domestic abuse consultation

Social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has called for views on proposals which aim to ensure people at high risk of harm through domestic abuse are better protected and provided with quicker support.

Published 14 February 2019