Engaging With Men Who Abuse Women Partners

Historically professionals dealing with domestic abuse have struggled to engage with men who are abusive to women partners. Research suggests that the reasons for this include fear of challenging men who have been violent, fear of inadvertently increasing risks to the men's partners and a lack of confidence/knowledge in how to work with these men. This course aims to deal with these and other obstacles to engaging with abusive men.

By the end of the course delegates will have a greater understanding of:

• Theories of domestic abuse.
• Why some men abuse women partners.
• Some of the motivations for men to change.
• Some of the obstacles that we as professionals might place in the way of engaging with abusing men.
• Some of the obstacles to men changing.
• How to work more effectively with fathers in the context of the Safe and Together Model.
• How the way we deliver services might inadvertently increase risks to women or create obstacles to change and engagement.

Delegates should also have gained:
• A greater awareness of the factors that increase men’s risk
• Increased confidence to engage with men who are abusive to their partners

The facilitators - Caledonian Edinburgh (formerly The Domestic Violence Probation Project) began running a programme in 1990 for men who abused their female partners and who have agreed to attend the programme as part of a court order. It aimed to make men who were abusive towards their partners accountable for that abuse. Central to this work was the desire to keep women and children safe. 

Safer Families Edinburgh (formerly Working With Men) was launched in 2003, initially working with men and women in the Greater Pilton area of Edinburgh. It has provided a city-wide service since 2008. They work in the same way as colleagues in Caledonian Edinburgh, but offering a voluntary service to men who are concerned about their abusive behaviour and don’t have any outstanding charges. 

Both projects provide a comprehensive support, safety-planning, advice and advocacy service to the partners and ex-partners of the men; Caledonian Edinburgh also has a children’s worker.

Event typeExternal Training
Time10.00am – 4.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)
VenueSWA Office, 2nd Floor, 132 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JD
Cost£95 per statutory sector delegate/£75 per voluntary sector delegate/£60 Cedar group-worker, inclusive of buffet lunch

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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 Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2014, 45 women and 25 children and young people asked for refuge accommodation, but Women's Aid groups were unable to find suitable spaces for 16 women and nine children and young people (SWA 2014)

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