Housing & Support
Specialist services and support
Given the current public expenditure constraints we have a vital role in supporting Women’s Aid across Scotland demonstrate the impact of their support services, and in informing policy makers at a national and local level of the value of these support services in preventing ‘upstream costs’.
Our work in this area includes a National Outcome Evaluation Project to demonstrate how well Scotland’s Women’s Aid services respond to the needs of women experiencing domestic abuse and the differences these services make to women’s lives. Our submission of evidence to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee on preventative spend highlighted the cost benefits of funding frontline services .
We carry out annual national surveys to produce valuable data on demand and provision trends such as census day and an analysis of how current funding constraints are affecting Women’s Aid services.
Domestic abuse is a major cause of homelessness; in 2011 it was the fourth most common reason for a homeless application. SWA has long history of campaigning for change to housing and homeless legislation and in working with policy makers and housing practitioners to improve women and children’s access to housing. With the Scottish Government’s target that all unintentionally homeless people should have access to settled accommodation by 2012, the focus is now on homeless prevention and we have been keen to support this agenda.
We commissioned research into the use of exclusion orders in preventing homelessness as a result of domestic abuse, and submitted evidence to the Parliamentary enquiry on youth homelessness.
Non-consensual sharing of intimate media (NCSIM) is a form of abuse