Our History

Our History

Scottish Women’s Aid was founded in 1976 in order to provide national representation for the growing network of Women’s Aid groups throughout Scotland, the first of which were founded in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1973.

At the national level, our campaigning, lobbying and partnership work has been instrumental in bringing about changes to policy and legislation and the way in which violence against women is viewed and addressed in Scotland.

We are proud of the strong voice and recognition we have achieved at a public and political level. It means we can represent the voices of women and children in Scotland suffering domestic abuse, highlight the seriousness of the issue, and work even more effectively to bring about its end.

In 2007 we produced this 18 minute film about our history, the origins of Scottish Women's Aid and the women who set up the very first refuges in Scotland. 

To find out more about where we've been, read our 35th anniversary Annual Report.

The Speaking Out project has also been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to record and share the history of Women’s Aid in Scotland. Find out more here.


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