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One of the most frequently asked questions in relation to domestic abuse is ‘why doesn’t she just leave?’. Leaving a perpetrator of domestic abuse is seen as the ultimate answer and it is one that many of our services focus upon. Many practitioners feel frustration when a woman experiencing abuse stays with the perpetrator and, where children are involved, child protection is often invoked on the grounds that she is ‘failing to protect’ those children. But how many women experiencing abuse are still living with their partner? And does leaving a perpetrator really mean safety? Furthermore, how easy is it simply to ‘leave’?
In this seminar we will discuss how modern forms of technology can be used to perpetrate domestic abuse. This includes the non-consensual sharing of media- otherwise known as revenge porn, cyber stalking, social media hijacking, and monitoring and surveillance apps.
Bisexual intimate partner abuse presents a specific challenge to how we have traditionally come to understand domestic violence. People who are bisexual do not tend to conform to the idea that gender or sexuality is simply one or the other. Consequently, without developing a way of understanding domestic violence that is based according to sexuality, bisexual intimate partner abuse has remained unseen.
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.
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 sessions draws on up-to-date research and theorising about the issue. 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)