Domestic abuse



SGN to provide Online Safe Spaces for victims of domestic abuse

SGN has partnered with crisis charity Hestia and its ‘UK Says No More’ campaign as well as the Royal Mail Group to provide Online Safe Spaces for victims of domestic abuse to access specialist support and information through its website.

Published 7 April 2021

SFHA welcomes passing of legislation to protect victims of domestic abuse

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s passing of the Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill. 

Published 19 March 2021

Domestic Abuse Scotland Bill passed by Scottish Parliament

Legislation has been passed giving more powers to police and courts and social landlords to protect people at risk of domestic abuse.

Published 18 March 2021

Domestic abuse cases prioritised in Aberdeen virtual court hearings

From May the majority of domestic abuse summary trials in Aberdeen Sheriff Court will be conducted virtually, with only the accused person and their solicitor having to be present in the court premises, Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle has announced.

Published 15 March 2021

New policy for dealing with domestic abuse agreed by Aberdeen City Council

A new policy setting out how Aberdeen City Council’s housing service will deal with incidents of domestic abuse was unanimously agreed at a committee meeting yesterday.

Published 12 March 2021

Garry Burns: Further housing protections required for survivors in Domestic Abuse Bill

With Homeless Action Scotland invited to submit evidence at stage one of the Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill, communications and engagement manager Garry Burns outlines the charity's concerns in relation to the housing and homelessness element of the legislation.

Published 3 February 2021

New board to implement additional protections for domestic abuse victims

A Scottish Government-led board will be established to ensure the effective implementation of proposed new measures to protect victims of domestic abuse.

Published 27 January 2021

‘Further work required’ on Domestic Abuse Bill, says Justice Committee

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has backed the underlying intentions behind the Scottish Government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill, but warned that serious practical concerns raised during the course of its scrutiny need to be addressed.

Published 21 January 2021

Aileen Campbell: Protecting women experiencing domestic abuse

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell outlines how the Scottish Government is improving housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse.

Published 23 December 2020

SFHA in favour of power to evict domestic abuse perpetrators

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has backed proposals from the Scottish Government that would allow social landlords to end the tenancies of those who commit domestic abuse.

Published 22 December 2020

Caroline Gillespie: Proposed domestic abuse powers – what you need to know

Caroline Gillespie considers proposed additional powers to tackle domestic abuse and recent statistics on charges for, and prosecution of, domestic abuse.

Published 21 December 2020

Independent report calls for more action to improve housing outcomes for victims of domestic abuse

Social landlords should use a human rights approach to improve housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse, a new report has recommended.

Published 15 December 2020

CIH Scotland calls for Domestic Abuse Bill to improve housing rights of victim-survivors

CIH Scotland has commended the proposed Domestic Abuse (Protection) Bill going through the Scottish Parliament but called on its provisions to be strengthened to improve the housing rights and better protect victims of domestic abuse.

Published 7 December 2020

More social housing needed to help survivors of domestic abuse, says Shelter Scotland

Shelter Scotland is calling for more social housing to be created in Scotland amid persistent concerns that the lack of it stops people leaving an abusive partner.

Published 26 November 2020

CIH Scotland welcomes publication of domestic abuse protection legislation

New legislative proposals to give social landlords more powers to protect victims of domestic abuse have been commended by CIH Scotland.

Published 12 October 2020