Domestic abuse



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

CIH Scotland calls for legislative changes to protect domestic abuse victims

Legislative measures are required to improve housing outcomes for women and children experiencing domestic abuse, according to CIH Scotland.

Published 27 January 2020

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline sees 25% increase in calls

New figures released today by Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline (SDAFMH) show a 25% increase in the volume of calls to the helpline support in the year 2018-19.

Published 9 December 2019

New project aims to improve access to legal services for survivors of domestic abuse

Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA) is embarking on a new project to address a lack of access to justice for women and children experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland.

Published 2 December 2019

SFHA makes a stand against domestic abuse

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has pledged its commitment to supporting people experiencing domestic abuse.

Published 26 November 2019

North Lanarkshire Council's housing services stands firm against domestic abuse

North Lanarkshire Council’s housing services is throwing its weight behind a campaign to prevent domestic abuse.

Published 22 November 2019

West Dunbartonshire Council hosts conference to help break cycle of domestic abuse

The community of West Dunbartonshire came together at a groundbreaking conference designed to raise awareness of and prevent domestic abuse.

Published 15 November 2019