Publications & Resources

Publications & Resources

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Publication | 03, 11, 2014

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

Publication | 23, 07, 2014

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.

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Publication | 08, 04, 2014

Gender and Welfare Reform - A Joint Position Paper

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. (be good if the other organisations names could be linked to their websites)

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Report | 24, 03, 2014

Scottish Women's Aid's Analysis of Local Authority Equality Outcomes

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.

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Publication | 11, 03, 2013

Response to a Call for Evidence by the Expert Working Group on Welfare March 2013

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.

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Report | 13, 05, 2010

Analysis of Local Authority Gender Equality Schemes

The Gender Equality Duty requires public authorities to publish a Gender Equality Scheme (GES) which sets out the priorities and actions they will take to further gender equality. Local authorities in Scotland are required to publish revised GESs by the end of June 2010. SWA analysed current local authority GESs and identified the extent to which they did or did not include measures to tackle violence against women.

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Report | 31, 07, 2008

No Recourse to Public Funds Survey Report

This report provides findings of a survey carried out with Women's Aid groups in Scotland about women who have no recourse to public funds. It explores how having no recourse to public funds affects this group of womens access to Women's Aid support services.

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Nearest SWA Group

Find your nearest Women's Aid group

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, 45 women and 25 children and young people asked for refuge accommodation, but Women's Aid groups were unable to find suitable spaces for 16 women and nine children and young people (SWA 2014)

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