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Publication | 11, 04, 2016

What Is Shared Parenting (And What Do We Know About It?)

After their parents have separated, most children continue to spend some time with both parents.  In the majority of cases, one parent, usually the mother, has primary responsibility for child-care. 

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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 | 10, 12, 2014

How domestic abuse affects children and young people

Children and young people may be affected by domestic abuse in a number of ways. 

Physical effects include physical injury and those associated with trauma and stress such as eczema, nightmares and general anxiety.Emotional effects include feeling guilty and responsible of the abuse; feeling responsible for protecting their parent or siblings; los self-esteem and depression. They may find it difficult to attend school or concentrate. They may find themselves socially isolated.

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Publication | 19, 07, 2013

Research Report - Children and Young People Moving Home Because of Domestic Abuse

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

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Publication | 19, 07, 2013

Children and Young People As Partners in Research

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

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Publication | 31, 12, 2010

The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people

Extensive research has led to the general consensus that exposure to domestic abuse has negative consequences for children. This information briefing outlines some of the physical, social, emotional and behavioural effects.

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Publication | 31, 12, 2010

Children and young people's exposure to domestic abuse

Domestic abuse impacts upon the lives of children in a number of ways. This information briefing describes some of the most widely reported ways that children and young people are exposed to domestic abuse.

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Report | 30, 09, 2010

Our Rights, Our Lives event report

September 2010 saw 80 young people from across Scotland come together to participate in ‘Our Rights, Our Lives’ - a national event planned by young people, for young people. The event explored domestic abuse through the lens of children’s rights, something which has never previously been done in Scotland, or, as far as we are aware, in the UK. The project offered a range of ways for young people to participate, including planning the event, delivering workshops to practitioners, and participating in the workshops on the day.

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Publication | 03, 05, 2010

Through the eyes of a bairn

A report about the Cedar (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery Project) pilot project in Scotland. Cedar has secured positive outcomes for the children and young people that participated in the early groups. Mothers now have a greater understanding of domestic abuse on their children.

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Publication | 31, 12, 2009

Dating Abuse: Information sheet for practitioners working with young people

This information sheet has been designed for practitioners working with young people. The information contained in it may help you to think about how you can approach dating abuse in your youth setting, hold perpetrators to account, further your own understanding of this issue and imbed challenging dating abuse in your work.

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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

One in five women experiences domestic abuse.


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