Scottish Women's Aid submission to the Social Security Committee on Child Tax Credits

Scottish Women’s Aid welcomes this opportunity to provide evidence to the Social Security Committee.

Domestic abuse is both a cause and consequence of women’s inequality. This is embedded in Equally Safe, the Scottish Government’s strategy on violence against women and girls, which makes an explicit commitment to addressing women’s inequality as a significant route towards preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls. Women experiencing domestic abuse face considerable barriers when trying to leave an abusive partner; many women experience financial abuse and are denied access to independent income, are prevented from
working and are encumbered with debt.

Read our full submission here.

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Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in 2012, 349 women and 323 children were living in refuge (SWA 2012)

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