Our office has been working on the rights of children who experience Domestic Abuse for a number of years.


Scottish Women’s Aid offers confidential advice and information for both women and children and young people who are experiencing domestic abuse. Scottish Women’s Aid also has a Men’s Advice Line (tel. 0808 801 0327)

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline is a 24-hour resource offering support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse as well as family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them (tel. 0800 027 1234).

If you wish to report a domestic abuse incident you can do so at your local police station or by using an online form. If the situation is urgent, telephone 101 and if it is an emergency, telephone 999. 

Our work around domestic abuse

In 2013, we commissioned research on whether children’s views are heard in court proceedings around contact.

In 2015, we built on this by working in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid with a group of children on the Power Up/Power Down project.

As part of Power Up/Power Down project, the children also created an image of a Super Listener, highlighting the qualities they thought were important for adults working with children to have.

An image of the ideal listener as imagined by young people in the Power Up/Power Down project.
The Super Listener is an adult with all the qualities they need to show a young person they’re being listened to.

Our research and Power Up Power Down have also informed our work on the Family Justice Modernisation Strategy and the Children (Scotland) Bill.