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Publication | 17, 11, 2015

Scottish Women's Aid submission to Justice Committee on Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Women's Aid has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill. 

The Bill sets out plans to create a specific offence of the non consensual sharing of intimate images (so- called Revenge Porn), as well as the creation of a new domestic abuse aggravator, the making of non harassment orders in criminal cases, and directions being given to juries in sexual offences cases.

Read our submission here.

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Publication | 17, 11, 2015

Commissioning of domestic abuse services: Understanding obligations under the new European Union Victims’ Rights and Procurement directives

Scottish Women’s Aid is working with CoSLA to develop guidance on safe procurement of domestic abuse services. The guidance will support funding practices that are in line with the national agenda on ending violence against women and do not compromise the legal requirements for service provision. Leading up to the publishing of this guidance in February 2016, Scottish Women’s Aid have developed this one-page briefing on the main legislative changes with implications for public commissioning of specialist services.

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Other Resource | 02, 11, 2015

When Men Murder Women: A Scottish Women's Aid seminar with Russell and Rebecca Dobash

In the United States and Great Britain, 20-30% of all homicides involve the killing of a woman by a man, and it is far rarer when a woman is killed by another woman. Unfortunately, this is not a very well understood phenomenon. Most books on the topic discuss serial killings, but those only make up 2% of sexual murder.

Rebecca and Russell, Dobash, two pioneering and eminent researchers in the field of violence against women, have undertaken a three-year study which explores all aspects of the murder of women.  They examined and analyzed 866 homicide case files, as well as 200 in-depth interviews taken within prisons.

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Publication | 28, 10, 2015

The 'Cycle of Violence'

What evidence supports the idea that children growing up in situations of domestic abuse become either abusers or the abused as adults? We discuss where the evidence falls short, and why this is an issue of crucial concern, not only for children and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse but for society more widely as we continue our work to end domestic abuse.

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Publication | 07, 10, 2015

Census Day Leaflet 2014

For the 6th consecutive year, SWA completed its annual 24-hour snapshot of the demand for Women’s Aid services throughout Scotland.  Census Day 2014 was on Tuesday 16th September.

In just one day, 383 women and 302 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.

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Publication | 28, 05, 2015

Ears Wide Open

A report on listening to children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

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Publication | 04, 05, 2015

A Widening Gap: Women and Welfare Reform

Since 2010, £26 billion worth of cuts have been made to benefits, tax credits, pay and pensions. 85% of this has fallen on women’s incomes.

To coincide with the Welfare Reform Committee’s Inquiry on Women and Welfare Reform, Engender, together with Close the Gap, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Scottish Refugee Council and Scottish Women’s Aid, have published a report examining the impact of welfare reform on women in Scotland.

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Publication | 04, 05, 2015

SWA submission to the Welfare Reform Committee inquiry into Women and Welfare

SWA welcomes this opportunity to submit our views to the Welfare Reform Committee inquiry into Women and Welfare Reform. Our submission sets out the devastating impact these reforms are having on women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse.

We believe that this inquiry provides an important opportunity for the Welfare Reform Committee to respond ensure work on welfare reform is coherently connected to devolved areas of government policy that tackle gender inequality.

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Publication | 01, 05, 2015

Scottish NGO briefing for UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women March 2014

The briefing has been produced by a group of NGOs working to address violence against
women and gender inequality in Scotland. It has been informed by discussions with local
refuge providers affiliated to Scottish Women’s Aid, input from other NGO stakeholders and
research and policy analysis undertaken in Scotland over the last few years.

Other Resource | 31, 03, 2015

Get Savi: guide to delivering the programme

Get Savi is our bystander programme for over 16 year olds. This document is a guide to delivering the programme. 

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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

Current Activities

Non-consensual sharing of intimate media (NCSIM) is a form of abuse

Read the results of our survey on NCSIM (otherwise known as "revenge porn")



Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2014, 383 women and 302 children and young people were living in a Women's Aid refuge (SWA 2014)

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