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:
• Why some men abuse women partners
• Some of the obstacles to men changing
• 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
• 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
Facilitators: Representatives from Caledonian Edinburgh & Working With Men.
Caledonian Edinburgh (Formerly The Domestic Violence Probation Project) began running a programme for men who abused their female partners and who were mandated through the criminal justice system in Edinburgh in 1990. It aimed to make men who were violent towards their partners accountable for that violence. Central to this work was the desire to keep women and children safe.
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 targeting men who are not mandated through the criminal justice system. Both projects provide a comprehensive support, safety-planning, advice and advocacy service to the partners and ex-partners of the men.
|Time||10am - 4pm|
|Venue||SWA 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.|
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
In 81% of cases of domestic abuse there is a female victim and male perpetrator (SCS 2012)