independent social worker; former national development officer for Abused Men in Scotland

Nick worked as a father’s worker in an economically deprived area of Edinburgh for five years. Realising that many of the problems that were being experienced by families he was working with were institutional, he joined forces with other workers who were particularly concerned by systemic barriers to men’s involvement in family life. Fathers Network Scotland was born, and Nick remains a director of the organisation behind the Year of the Dad campaign currently ongoing and supported by the Scottish Government.

After carrying out research on father’s experience of child protection which stimulated debate around gender, social work and domestic abuse policy, Nick took on the role of national development officer for Abused Men in Scotland. This project, funded by the Scottish Government, lasted for over three years. The experience of being a frequently lone voice speaking up for male victims of abuse has provided a unique insight into the policy and practice landscape around domestic abuse. Having been closely involved in legislative developments and policy implementation during this time, Nick is currently practising as an independent social worker.

Follow Nick on Twitter: @nickysmithers


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Any man can experience domestic abuse

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Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS),Unit GF11 Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DP | Registered Scottish Charity: SCO41467

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  • To support men who are experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse and also to offer advice to those concerned about the position of such men and their children.
  •  To work with any man over 16 concerned about domestic abuse, regardless of sexuality, transgender status or history, age, dis/ability, religion, race, nationality or ethnic origin.
  • To advance education by distributing educational information relating to; undertaking training and research in; and raising public awareness of domestic abuse experienced by men and their children.
  • To promote full recognition for male victims of domestic abuse and their affected children.
  • To promote specialist services to help relieve the isolation, distress and hardship faced by male victims and enable men and their children to recover from domestic abuse.
  • To advance the equality, safety, dignity, and health (both physical and mental) of male victims of domestic abuse.
  • To promote early intervention and prevention of domestic abuse.

A safe Scotland for All

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Nick Smithers: National Development Officer

Nick joined AMIS in April 2013 as National Development Officer. Nick’s role is to work strategically with mainstream organisations across Scotland, supporting such organisations to ensure that their services and policies are inclusive of men affected by domestic abuse. You can get in touch with Nick by email

Aaron Slater: Helpline & Support Manager

Aaron joined AMIS in September 2012 as the organisations first member of staff. Aaron manages the AMIS helpline and has responsibility for helpline staff & volunteers, and developing new ways of offering support to men affected by domestic abuse. You can get in touch with Aaron by email

Laura Thomson: Helpline Support Worker

Laura joined AMIS in July 2014 as part of our Male Domestic Abuse Support Service (MDASS), a partnership project with Rowan Alba and funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. Laura has primary responsibility for providing support on our helpline and promoting our services.

Diane Burn: Finance Administration Worker

Diane joined AMIS in November 2014, bringing as range of skills in office and finance administration.

Our Staff

Jimmy Gordon: Acting Chair

Alison Waugh: Secretary

Brian Robertson: Treasurer

Don MacLeod: Trustee

Lesley Macinnes: Trustee

Samad Sheidaei: Trustee

Sharon Simpson: Trustee

You can get in touch with the Board by email

Abused Men in Scotland (AMIS) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) Number SCO41467

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