A major component of our work is campaigning. This takes several different forms, but always with the outcomes of greater awareness of domestic abuse and better responses to it from those in positions of responsibility – whether they are service providers, or those responsible for policy and legislation, or providing funding for essential services.
We keep abreast of developments in the legal and policy fields, and ensure that we are able to respond in an effective and timely way to changes in the domestic abuse landscape.
Safe votes for women
We've been working hard to ensure that women and young people who are eligible to vote in the referendum and other elections are able to vote safely. Anonymous Voter Registration is a procedure available to people meeting certain statutory requirements where, if their name or address were listed on the electoral register, their safety would be at risk. Any other person in the same household as a person at risk is also qualified to register as an anonymous elector.
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Stop revenge porn Scotland
In July 2013 we launched stop revenge porn Scotland, a new mini-site to start a public conversation about revenge porn; what it is, why is happens and how we can prevent it.
We've created a space for women to share their stories and for supporters to reach out to offer messages to women who have been victimised by revenge porn. Find out more
We are currently working hard with sister organisations across the UK on issues relating to Welfare Reform. The Welfare Reform Act 2012 introduces some of the greatest changes to welfare benefits in the last sixty years. These changes will have far reaching impacts for benefit claimants, particularly for vulnerable people and the services which support them. Read more and get involved
Together We Can Stop It
The STOP campaign was launched in 2010 as a rolling grass-roots campaign ; based on a very simple premise that domestic abuse is common and everyone has a part to play in making it stop. It is very likely that we all know someone who has experienced domestic abuse. Whether you're a friend, a colleague, a member of a faith group, community group or student community, we can all do one thing to stop domestic abuse The campaign website – www.togetherwecanstopit.org - has a well-subscribed pledge section, and tips on what people can do. Through the campaign we have built up a network of support – and ‘champions’ willing to spread the message in their local communities. We are now working to get the ‘Together we can stop it’ message to the widest audience possible. Check out the facebook page or follow the campaign on twitter
Are you ok?
One of the most powerful ways folk can speak out against domestic abuse is simply to ask, are you ok? We produced online resources for our supporters to share online or print out and distribute in their communities. Asking are you ok can be the start of someone's journey to recovery. View the Are you ok? e-cards
The stories behind the incidents
SWA winter campaign 2012
On Sunday 25 November, we launched our winter campaign, under our Together We Can Stop It banner, looking at the stories behind the incidents – what domestic really is and how it affects women, their families, and our communities.
Using women's real words, we created a series of sound recordings, which show the impact of domestic abuse, why women don't immediately leave, and the importance of support in helping women and their families move on from domestic abuse.
Campaign sound clips - phase 1 - What is domestic abuse
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Together we can stop it.
People have pledged to do one thing to end domestic abuse in our current campaign. Join them here
Facts & Figures
Studies estimate between 31% and 84% of women with a history of domestic abuse meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD. For the general population this is between1.2% and 12%