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Posted | 09, 12, 2016

A Race To The Top: adopting a needs-based approach to commissioning specialist services

A Race To The Top: adopting a needs-based approach to commissioning specialist services

Local Authorities in Scotland are not having an easy time of it. The cuts being handed down from Westminster are having a dire impact on not only local authorities and their staff, but also on services and the communities that they were set up to support. Our annual funding survey of the network of 36 Women’s Aid groups in Scotland showed that 97% of respondents received budget cuts or standstill local authority funding in 2015/16.

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Posted | 29, 11, 2016

#ChangeHerStory - a joint open letter to MPs from Women's Aid across the UK

#ChangeHerStory - a joint open letter to MPs from Women's Aid across the UK

Dear Members of Parliament,   All of us have the right to live free from violence and abuse. Yet violence against women taints all of our communities throughout the United Kingdom; it is rife inEngland, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Posted | 25, 11, 2016

More than a number

More than a number

On any given day in 2015, 95 women and 11 children contacted Women’s Aid for the very first time. On any given day, 347 women and 331 children were living in a Women’s Aid refuge. On any given day 33 women and 30 children asked for refuge and for 9 women and 7 children there was no suitable accommodation. On any given day 789 women and 348 children are supported by a Women’s Aid group. But women and children are more than numbers.

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Posted | 25, 10, 2016

Scotland's new stats - our thoughts

“Though we’ve not yet had time to explore the details of these new statistics, at first reading the 3% shift is neither a seismic nor a significant one.

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Posted | 12, 10, 2016

Scottish Women’s Aid: Ground-breaking employability project announces successful participants

Scottish Women’s Aid: Ground-breaking employability project announces successful participants Scottish Women’s Aid have today (12th October) announced the local Women’s Aid groups that will participate in ‘Building Equality’ – a pioneering new project that will put the spotlight on gender, domestic abuse and employability in Scotland.

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Posted | 15, 09, 2016

Success!

"We are relieved and pleased to see the UK Government have listened to the numerous and serious concerns raised about changes to housing benefit, deferring these changes until 2019 and exempting refuges from the planned 1% rent cut. If implemented these plans would have had a devastating impact on women’s refuges and today’s news grants temporary relief to refuges providing vital services across Scotland. We worked hard to make this outcome a reality, and we are grateful to all who campaigned and put pressure on the Government to make the right decision.

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Posted | 08, 09, 2016

New research by Scottish Women’s Aid shows critical threat to refuges in Scotland

New research by Scottish Women’s Aid shows critical threat to refuges in Scotland New research (1) released by Scottish Women’s Aid has highlighted the grave threat that UK Government changes to housing benefit pose to refuges across Scotland.

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Posted | 06, 09, 2016

Statement on new Domestic Abuse Bill

‘Scottish Women’s Aid welcomes the inclusion of the Domestic Abuse Bill in the First Minister’s Programme for Government today as a potentially significant step towards eradicating domestic abuse in Scotland.

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Posted | 02, 09, 2016

‘Safe to speak’: Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline Relaunched

Scottish Women’s Aid has today (31st August 2016) relaunched the 24/7 helpline for those who are or might be experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage.

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Posted | 20, 07, 2016

Responsible reporting on domestic abuse please!

As a former journalist working for Scottish Women’s Aid, I am time and time again drawn to the coverage of domestic abuse cases in the media (writes Marjory Kenny). It appalls me so often as I read reactions to the perpetrator, the abused woman and to the children in the media. My dismay can be about the way the incident is reported, the tone, the stereotyping, the comments quoted, the lack of balance or the reactions from those in authority.

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