Kaukab Stewart MSP has marked this year’s 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence by raising awareness of the Scottish Government’s £500,000 Fund to Leave, saying it will provide crucial support to women in Glasgow to leave abusive relationships.


Glasgow has the highest number of homelessness presentation cases by women due to domestic violence at 370.


The pilot fund makes up to £1,000 available to women fleeing domestic violence and will be delivered by Women’s Aid groups in the five local authority areas with the most women’s homelessness applications due to domestic abuse, including Glasgow Women’s Aid.


Commenting SNP MSP Kaukab Stewart said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to ending violence against women and girls, and this fund is an invaluable resource for those in Glasgow who are victims of domestic abuse.


“This support will be life-changing, allowing vulnerable women to leave abusive partners and supporting them in regaining their independence while mitigating the risk of homelessness. 


“As we mark 16 days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence it is more important than ever to raise awareness of the help that is available, while recognising how far we have come and how far we still have to go.


“The SNP Scottish Government is committed to building a Scotland where women and girls have a safe and secure place to call home, and I encourage all those in Glasgow who think they could be eligible to apply.”


Applications can be made by contacting a participating Women’s Aid group directly or Scottish Women’s Aid.


More information about the Fund to Leave can be found here.


More information about the 16 days of Activism can be found here.