Publications & Resources
Publications and reports are available in these pages. Some are restricted to members only. You may need to download the latest (free) version of Adobe Acrobat to view these publications.
For the 5th consecutive year, SWA completed its annual 24-hour snapshot of the demand for Women’s Aid services throughout Scotland. Census Day 2013 was on Wednesday, 18th September, and this year 35 of our 36 affiliated members took part. Our focus this year is on the broad range of services Women’s Aid provided in just one day to meet the complex safety and support needs of individual women, children, and young people.
In just one day, 341 women and 257 children and young people were living in a Women’s Aid refuge. Over a thousand women, children and young people were supported by Women’s Aid in Scotland. Nearly all needed practical support with issues such as finding long-term housing, safety planning, finances, and access to legal protection. Most also received emotional support.
Download the full report for more information.
We respond to consultation on corroboration, not proven and juries.We say, if the requirement for corroboration is removed, steps must be taken to ensure that vulnerable complainers and witnesses, particularly women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse, are able to give their best evidence. Since there will, by definition, be much more of a focus on the statement and evidence given in court by complainers and other Crown witnesses, we are concerned that there will be increased pressure on them as witnesses generally, and also a more vigorous attack on their credibility made by the defence.
This briefing from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships was co-authorted by a team of six, including Scottish Women's Aid's Learning and Development Worker Nel Whiting, and provides an overview of the current debate surrouding domestic abuse and gender inequality.
Scottish Women’s Aid has become increasingly concerned about the use and abuse of technology to perpetrate domestic abuse. We are particularly concerned about the threat of or the actual distribution of sexual/intimate images.
Commonly known as “revenge porn”, it describes behaviour whereby images of a sexual/intimate nature are distributed non-consensually. This means that whilst the images themselves may be taken consensually, distribution occurred without the other person’s knowledge or consent. Images may be shared across social networking sites, text messages, BBM, email, social networking sites, specific sites and more. In July, Scottish Women’s Aid launched a website to raise awareness of revenge porn, the first of its kind in the UK.
Read our briefing to find out more.
Funded by the Scottish Executive and commissioned by Scottish Women’s Aid, the research
explores the views, experiences and support needs of children and young people who have to
move home as a result of domestic abuse. The study builds on earlier research commissioned
by Scottish Women’s Aid (Edgar et al 2003) which graphically highlighted the often traumatic
process involved for women of leaving homes where there has been domestic abuse and the
sometimes convoluted routes to finding (or not finding) sustainable housing (Edgar et al
2003). This new study examines the parallel (but separate and different) experiences of
children and young people caught up in the same set of circumstances. It examines their views
and experiences of having to leave home following domestic abuse; the journey they made to
being re-housed; the services and support they received along the way; their views of the
services and support they received; additional support they would have liked.
Scottish Women’s Aid commissioned the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Learning in
Child Protection to research the views, experiences and support needs of children and
young people who have to move home following domestic abuse. The research report ‘The
Support Needs of Children and Young People Who Have to Move Home Because of Domestic
Abuse’ (Stafford et al) was published in September 2007. One of the unique features of the
research project was the extent to which children and young people contributed to its
development. This paper discusses how SWA involved children and young people in the
commissioning, design and dissemination of the research, and provides insights into how those
involved experienced the process.
This is the summary report of findings from research funded by the Scottish Executive and
commissioned by Women’s Aid. The research explores the views, experiences and support
needs of children and young people who have to move home as a result of domestic abuse. It
builds on earlier research commissioned by Women’s Aid (Edgar et al 2003) which graphically
highlighted the often traumatic process involved for women of leaving violent homes and the
convoluted routes to finding (or not finding) sustainable housing (Edgar et al 2003).
This new study examines the parallel (but separate and different) experiences of children and
young people caught up in the same set of circumstances. It examines their views and
experiences of: leaving home following domestic abuse; the journey they made to being rehoused;
the services and support they received along the way; their views of the services and
support they received; and additional support they would have liked.
Its aim is to make a contribution to improving existing services aimed at supporting children
and young people who have to leave homes where there is domestic abuse and to inform the
process of building new services.
Scottish Women’s Aid celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. Over the last 35 years we’ve worked hard to make positive changes on behalf of women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. We’ve lobbied for legislation, like the Matrimonial Homes Act and Forced Marriage Bill; we’ve worked to support the participation of children, young people and women in our work on CEDAR (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery), Listen Louder and the National Outcomes Evaluation Project. Together with our members, we’ve worked to raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people through training police, children’s panel members and health practitioners.
We’ve campaigned tirelessly to raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic abuse, to show that any woman can be affected by it, any man can be the perpetrator of it, and that every single one of us can do something about it. Over the last 35 years, we’ve seen some huge changes, and we’re proud to have been part of this.
Scottish Women’s Aid believes that it is women in Scotland and in particular lone mothers, who will be disproportionately and negatively affected by the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms and that these reforms threaten to deepen established inequalities. We believe that gender analysis should be central to the Welfare Reform Expert Working Group’s review of work undertaken by the Scottish Government on the cost of benefit payments in an independent Scotland and the delivery of those payments in an independent Scotland. Download our response for more information.
Scottish Women’s Aid acknowledges that men do experience violence and abuse in their intimate relationships and the perpetrators can be other men or women. This paper provides an overview of the key research findings on men affected by domestic abuse, highlights some of the main areas of controversy and outlines Scottish Women’s Aid position on the issue.
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Facts & Figures
Studies estimate between 31% and 84% of women with a history of domestic abuse meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. For the general population this is between1.2% and 12%