Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse

This evidence-based session is aimed at front-line staff who work directly with women, children and young people and who recognise that an understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse will help them in their work.  The session draws on up-to-date research and theorising about the issue.  Participants need no prior learning or experience of domestic abuse related issues.

By the end of the session delegates will be able to:

• Reframe domestic abuse as a course of coercive and controlling conduct which produces compliance in the victimised partner through fear and the creation of a sense of entrapment
• Appreciate the impact of domestic abuse on those who experience it and how it affects their behaviour and choices
• Understand the main issues of providing a sensitive and appropriate service to women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

The facilitator - Nel Whiting is a Learning & Development Worker with Scottish Women’s Aid, where she has worked since September 2003.  Her role takes her throughout Scotland providing learning opportunities to a range of professionals in the voluntary and statutory sector.  She also teaches on the Queen Margaret University ‘Gender Justice’ module.  Her previous employment includes work in Racial Equality Councils in Scotland and her native Wales.  She is author of “What Can Contemporary Gender Theory Contribute to An Understanding of Abuse in Same Sex Relationships?” which was published in the Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies 2008, Asking About Abuse: Routine Enquiry of Domestic Abuse and Childhood Sexual Abuse Training Pack (with Cosgrove & Beavon) which was published by the Scottish Government Health Directorate in 2011 and “Effecting Operational Change Through Training: Challenges and Approaches” in N. Lombard and L. McMillan (eds.) (2012) Research Highlights in Social Work: Violence Against Women, Jessica Kingsley Publications.

Event typeTraining
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, 859 women and 400 children and young people were supported by a Women's Aid group (SWA 2014)

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