Domestic abuse court experiences - perspectives of victims and witnesses: research findings

This research reports on 22 victims’ and witnesses’ experiences of court (including children and young people) since the introduction of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 in April 2019.


The research team would like to thank the survivors of domestic abuse – child and adult - who took part in this research. It was a privilege to hear about your experiences and a pleasure to meet you - despite the difficult topic. We learned such a lot from you. Like you, we hope this report will help improve the lives of adults and children experiencing domestic abuse and going through the criminal justice system.

This report would not have been possible without the incredible partnership with ASSIST, Edinburgh Women's Aid/EDDACs and Scottish Women's Aid; particular thanks to the support and advocacy workers who went above and beyond in supporting survivors to take part.

The research team would like to thank Professor Kay Tisdall for her support and guidance throughout the project and for editing this report, all partners in the Research Advisory Group, Scottish Government officials and Professor Margaret Malloch for her expert advice and support.

Content warning

As participants shared their experiences of abuse and the difficulties faced in their journeys through the justice system, it is important to be aware of the potentially distressing and triggering content of this report.



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