Scottish Women’s Aid



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

MP seeks 'crucial' Universal Credit reforms over domestic abuse risk

An SNP MP has urged the UK Government to accept amendments to its Domestic Abuse Bill to tackle the increased risk of financial abuse under the current Universal Credit system.

Published 22 January 2019

Blog: Housing sector's role in helping to keep victims of domestic abuse safe

CIH President Jim Strang and chief executive of Scottish Women's Aid Marsha Scott examine the role of housing in helping to protect people experiencing domestic abuse.

Published 18 January 2019

£1.6m funding boost for homelessness and housing projects

Grants totalling £1.6 million will fund innovative services aimed at tackling homelessness and improving housing, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Published 22 January 2018

Moves to prevent homelessness for people experiencing domestic abuse in Fife

Fife Housing Partnership has welcomed recommendations on how to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children who have experienced homelessness as a result of domestic or sexual abuse.

Published 21 November 2016