Publications & Resources

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.

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Publication | 18, 05, 2017

Funding Survey - 2015/16

Every year we measure the impact of funding cuts on domestic abuse services for women and children in Scotland. Download this document to find out more.

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Publication | 09, 12, 2016

Good Practice in Commissioning Specialist Domestic Abuse Services

SWA and COSLA have developed this guidance to support good practice in the commissioning of services for women and children affected by domestic abuse. We are committed to ensuring that provision reflects local and national commitments to domestic-abuse-competent specialist services, whilst supporting local authorities to deliver best value and the most appropriate services with the resources available.

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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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Publication | 28, 01, 2015

Funding Survey 2014

Scottish Women’s Aid has a membership of 37 Women’s Aid groups providing domestic abuse services across the whole of Scotland. Women’s Aid groups provide specialist domestic abuse services to women, children and young people from crisis support through to recovery. They provide outreach services in the community,  supporting women and children in their own home or at drop-in services at local health or community centres. Many also carry out awareness raising work, deliver training locally and prevention work in schools.

Key Findings

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Publication | 21, 03, 2014

Measuring the impact of funding cuts on domestic abuse services for women and children in Scotland

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.

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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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Publication | 20, 11, 2012

2012 Funding for Women's Aid in Scotland

Every year, we undertake a survey with our members to look at their funding situation and what this means in real terms. This year (1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012) we found that almost a third of Women’s Aid groups (30%) had to make cuts to their services as a result of reduced funding.

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Report | 31, 12, 2007

Domestic abuse support services and the removal of ring fencing from Supporting People

Outlines the implications of removing ring fencing from Supporting People funding.

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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 2013, 809 women and 319 children and young people were supported by a Women's Aid group (SWA 2013)

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