Employability & Domestic Abuse

Financial resources are recognised as an important factor for women experiencing domestic abuse to find safety and gain independence from their abuser. But women experiencing domestic abuse face multiple barriers to accessing the paid labour market, including: the effects of abuse on women’s ability to work or look for work; economic abuse through the abuser, directly intending to undermine women’s attempts to establish independence; a lack of systematic efforts on employers’ side to protect and support women experiencing domestic abuse; and a failure of mainstream employment services to provide appropriate support and recognising the limitations abuse imposes on women’s aspirations. 

Thinking about employability support for women experiencing domestic abuse cannot be separated from considering women’s wider labour market inequality, and it also requires a critical perspective on the notion of ‘employability’.
This session will be of interest to frontline workers supporting women experiencing domestic abuse and who would like to gain a better understanding of the connection between domestic abuse, employability, and women’s inequality in the labour market. It will equally be of interest to workers from employability services aiming to ensure their service delivery is gender- and domestic-abuse-competent.

By the end of the session delegates will have:
• An awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on women’s ability to seek, gain, and sustain employment
• An understanding of key issues of women’s labour market inequality
• An improved understanding of some of the issues of providing appropriate employability support to women experiencing domestic abuse
• A critical evaluation of the concept of ‘employability’


Event typeHalf Day Training
Time10.00am – 1.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)
VenueSWA Office, 2nd Floor, 132 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JD
Cost£45 per statutory sector delegate/£30 per voluntary sector delegate/Cedar group-worker

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Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2014, 383 women and 302 children and young people were living in a Women's Aid refuge (SWA 2014)

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