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.
Scottish Women’s Aid submission to the Smith Commission on the devolution of further powers to the Scottish Parliament
Our submission to the Smith Commission is informed by our experience and the experience of our members over the last 15 years of engaging with both devolved and reserved policy areas in our efforts to improve responses to women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse.
Our submission is underpinned by three core principles, namely that further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament should:
• Promote and uphold the human rights of all women, children and young people in Scotland who experience domestic abuse
• Support a more coherent policy response to violence against women
• Improve the accountability of the Scottish Government to promote and protect the equality and human rights of women, children and young people
Given our remit, we have chosen to focus our submission on three main areas:
• equality and human rights
Read the full submission
Although domestic violence is harmful, recoveries from abuse are possible (Humphreys et al 2006, 2011). Recovery, for women (as individuals and as mothers) and their children, is a key concern for practitioners working with victims/survivors. This study identifies five main reasons why mother-child relationships were (or were not) detrimentally affected by domestic violence. It specifies key factors that assisted mothers and children to overcome the harmful impacts and move forward positively with their lives. Read it here.
The overall purpose is to understand how the projects are operating and their particular contribution to tackling health inequalities in Fife. The evaluation objectives as set out in the Brief were as follows.
Look for evidence of how the projects are employing community principles in their activity. Examine the community-led projects' ways of working so far. This could include levels of community consultation and participation, initiatives, developed, departures from traditional or mainstream ways of working, project plans and information gathering for evaluation.
Joint statement in support of Equally Safe - Scotland Strategy for the prevention and eradication of violence against women and girls
Scottish Women's Aid has produced this statement in conjunction with other voluntary organisations.
This joint position paper produced by Engender with Scottish Women's Aid, Scottish Refugee Council and Close the Gap draws together the multiple ways in which women are penalised by cuts to the benefits and tax credits system, and describes the gender inequality that accounts for these impacts.
In April 2013, all public authorities in Scotland were required to publish a set of equality outcomes to meet the Scottish specific duties of the Equality Act 2010 public sector equality duty (PSED). Scottish Women's Aid's analysis of the equality outcomes published by local authorities examines the extent to which local authorities identified violence against women as a gender equality issue within their equality outcomes.
Each year, Scottish Women's Aid surveys its members to create a picture of the funding situation for their services, which range from crisis intervention and refuge, to outreach and drop in clinics. Our other research, such as the Census Day survey, highlights the demand for these services, so it is continually alarming to find that many of our groups are in a position of making cuts as a direct result of reduced funding.
For the full story, download the survey.
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.
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.
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Facts & Figures
On one day in 2012, 349 women and 323 children were living in refuge (SWA 2012)