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We are a specialised service for women, children & young people, in Caithness & Sutherland who have experienced domestic abuse.


we have been providing a specialised service in Caithness & Sutherland for 15 years.

CASWA is a specialised organisation in Caithness and Sutherland for women, children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. We have nearly 15 years of experience of delivering a support and information service and are registered in Scotland as a charity and a company limited by guarantee.

We operate an outreach service which is delivered by our domestic abuse specialists across and throughout the area through our Women’s Service and Children & Young People’s Service. In addition, we also recognise our role in raising awareness and providing education about domestic abuse. Please see the services section for more information.


we are a team of 12 women specialised in supporting women, children & young people

We are regulated by the Care Inspectorate, for the last 2 inspections (2016; 2018) across all areas tested (care & support, management & leadership and staff) we have been marked as excellent. Our most recent report can be accessed here: Care Inspectorate Report 2018

Our Duty of Candour report can also be accessed here

Our Vision

  • A community that is aware of, intolerant of, and challenges abuse, in all its forms.
  • People within our community are responsible for their behaviours and actions, and have respect for each other and themselves.
  • CASWA is an accepted, integral part of our community; supporting and empowering women and families to recover, move on and live in safety.

Our Purpose

  • To support women, children & young people effectively, by providing practical and emotional support to those experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse.
  • To educate the wider community on domestic abuse and its impacts and legacy.
  • To promote the service, so that all women and children & young people in Caithness and Sutherland are aware of CASWA.
  • To provide the resources to make CASWA fit for purpose and financially sustainable.

Our Values

We are:

  • Professional
  • Confidential
  • Dedicated
  • Knowledgeable
  • Compassionate and Empathic
  • Person-Centred in our Approach
  • Reliable
  • Non-judgmental
  • Flexible
  • Innovative, Creative and Fun
  • Welcoming
  • Empowering
  • Ethical
  • We have Integrity.