Domestic abuse

Callum Chomczuk: Housing providers must do more to support victims of domestic abuse

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) Scottish Knowledge Exchange Hub session on June 30 focused on the forthcoming domestic abuse and COVID-19 project. The participants in this subgroup had a range of backgrounds from across policy and practice, all with experience and interest in issues relating to domestic abuse. Callum Chomczuk captures some of what the participants discussed, particularly the challenges in domestic abuse policy before the pandemic, the current landscape and what the necessary policy inventions are coming out of the pandemic for landlords and policymakers.

Published 9 July 2020

Consultation begins into draft domestic abuse policy at Blairtummock

Blairtummock Housing Association has launched a consultation into its proposed domestic abuse policy as it announced its support for the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Make a Stand campaign.

Published 8 July 2020

Aberdeenshire Council highlights support available for domestic violence victims

Aberdeenshire Council has emphasised that the support available to victims of domestic abuse continues to be available throughout the pandemic.

Published 24 June 2020

NatWest announces £1m support for economic and domestic abuse victims

NatWest Group, the owner of the Royal Bank of Scotland, has launched a £1 million fund to support victims of economic and domestic abuse, in a new partnership with SafeLives.

Published 10 June 2020

MSPs seek commitments on support for domestic abuse victims during lockdown

A Holyrood committee has called on the Scottish Government to set out the steps it is taking to ensure women and children at increased risk of domestic abuse during lockdown have access to the support services they need to escape violence.

Published 5 June 2020

New domestic abuse guidance and support for councils

Councils will get more support to deal with increased levels of domestic abuse and gender-based violence during the coronavirus outbreak, the Scottish Government has announced.

Published 20 May 2020

Edinburgh puts safety of domestic abuse victims at heart of housing approach

The City of Edinburgh Council has adopted a new policy which aims to give people affected by domestic abuse access a range of housing options and has called for councils to have the power to evict perpetrators from their homes in joint tenancy cases.

Published 19 May 2020

Aberdeen City Council supports campaign to tackle domestic abuse during lockdown

Aberdeen City Council is working with community partners to raise awareness of sources of help for people affected by domestic abuse during the current COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Published 30 April 2020

Crimestoppers Scotland launches campaign amid warnings of domestic abuse increase

As more people are isolated during the coronavirus pandemic, the charity Crimestoppers Scotland is launching a new campaign across the country appealing for information from people who are aware of domestic abuse happening to friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours.

Published 21 April 2020

CIH Scotland launches new housing guidance on domestic abuse and COVID-19

Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) and CIH Scotland have published new guidance for social landlords to assist them in responding robustly to domestic abuse as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Published 15 April 2020

Campaign relaunch highlights help still available for domestic abuse victims

The Scottish Government has relaunched a national campaign to reassure anyone experiencing domestic abuse that support is available to them during these difficult times.

Published 14 April 2020

Callum Chomczuk: In our response to COVID-19, we must prioritise victims of domestic abuse

CIH Scotland national director Callum Chomczuk makes the case for parliament and the housing sector to do more to safeguard women and children experiencing domestic abuse during the current lockdown.

Published 1 April 2020

Scottish Government marks year of domestic abuse law with extra support for victims during COVID-19 outbreak

The safety and well-being of women and children who are at risk of experiencing violence during the coronavirus outbreak is being supported with funds for key organisations, justice secretary Humza Yousaf has announced.

Published 1 April 2020

European Court of Human Rights rules against UK Government in ‘bedroom tax’ case

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the UK Government was discriminating against vulnerable victims of domestic violence by reducing their housing benefits.

Published 16 March 2020

Scottish Women's Aid calls for sustainable funding as 84% of services struggle to meet demand

Domestic abuse charity Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) marked International Women’s Day yesterday calling for national and local authorities, and community planning partnerships, to offer secure, long-term funding for specialist domestic abuse services.

Published 9 March 2020