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Forced Marriage is a form of gender based violence yet it is viewed, understood and approached as a cultural practice or tradition. This day-long session demystifies forced marriage and help delegates to gain the knowledge they need to provide appropriate support to those affected.
The workshop will examine the commonalities between and intersections of patterns of gender-based violence experienced by women and LGBTQ-identifying people. Drawing from feminist and queer theory, it will examine gender and its impact of people’s lives and experiences of violence.
This session will examine the root causes of men's violence against women by exploring historical patterns and processes which have constructed, embedded and normalised gendered inequality. We will consider the connections between different forms of violation, abuse and exploitation against women, and the conducive contexts for such violence. And we will think about the underlying gendered attitudes and structures which continue to shape our lives as individuals and as a society.
Drugs, alcohol and domestic abuse are closely related in the public’s and practitioners' minds; many people believe that substance use drives domestic abuse and successful drug and alcohol treatment will lead to cessation of abuse and harm. The reality is more complicated, and links between drugs, alcohol and domestic abuse are complex. This session provide an overview of the theory, practice and policies which support the current response to domestic abuse and substance use in Scotland. This half day training will offer several theoretical models and space for reflection to enable delegates to come to a more nuanced way of working with women experiencing domestic abuse who also use drugs or alcohol.
Developed under the auspices of the Scottish Government’s National Training Strategy to Address Violence Against Women, this exciting collaboration between Scottish Women’s Aid and Queen Margaret University (QMU) offers a credit rated module, validated by QMU. Teaching will reflect the principles of active, collaborative and experiential learning. The module will be assessed through group-work and a personal assignment.
See Gender Justice & Violence: Feminist Approaches - QMU Course (Day 3 of 4) - 02/03/15
Older women are often invisible in discussions of domestic abuse; their experiences invisible, sometimes confused with elder abuse or hidden behind health issues, their voices unheard. Yet a growing body of research evidence suggests that many older women continue to live with domestic abuse. This session is aimed at front-line staff who work directly with older women and who feel that an understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse will help them in their work. Participants need no prior learning or experience of domestic abuse related issues.
This half-day course will support practitioners to identify risk factors when working with clients experiencing domestic abuse, and explore how risk identification can be applied to practice.
The phenomenon of stalking has been highlighted in Scotland with recent changes in legislation defining it as a specific crime. Despite this very little research on stalking has been completed within a Scottish context. Consequently, information about stalking in Scotland is scarce and those who suffer at the hands of a stalker often find their experiences minimised and misunderstood.
This 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. Participants need no prior learning or experience of domestic abuse related issues.
Facts & Figures
In 81% of cases of domestic abuse there is a female victim and male perpetrator (SCS 2012)