Domestic abuse

The Commissioner's office has published a range of research around child contact issues where there is a history of domestic abuse, which can be accessed below. We're also actively working with Scottish Women's Aid around issues of court-ordered contact and domestic abuse. Find out about this work here.

Domestic abuse publications

The treatment of the views of children in private law child contact disputes where there is a history of domestic abuse: a report to Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Dr Kirsteen Mackay, December 2013. This report reviews the treatment of 155 children from 97 contact cases between parents in which there were allegations of abuse. It covers:

  • domestic abuse in private law contact disputes
  • characteristics of children
  • the extent to which views are taken and how
  • the views children express
  • contact outcomes (where outcomes are known)
  • the impact of children’s views on contact outcomes
  • the factors impacting on the weight attached to children’s views
  • the use of child contact centres (CCC)
  • key recommendations.

Download a PDF of The treatment of the views of children in private law child contact disputes where there is a history of domestic abuse: a report to Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Child contact proceedings for children affected by domestic abuse

Fiona Morrison, Kay Tisdall, Fiona Jones and Alison Reid, March 2013. Disputes over child-parent contact have become the focus of increasing policy and practice attention.

This preliminary research study examines current practices and procedures in child contact proceedings where there is domestic abuse, from a children's rights perspective.

Download a PDF of Child contact proceedings for children affected by domestic abuse.

Download a PDF of the briefing paper for the report.