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Training | 16/02/2016 | 10.00am – 1.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)

Women, Domestic Abuse and Substance Use

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.

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Training | 17/02/2016 | 10.00am – 4.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)

Domestic Abuse and the Law

This training aims to give workers who provide support to women experiencing domestic abuse a better awareness of women’s legal rights and the processes through which criminal and civil law are applied.

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Training | 24/02/2016 | 10.00am – 1.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)

Domestic Abuse and Child Contact

The aim of this seminar is to build a solid understanding of the issues surrounding domestic abuse and child contact, providing the delegates with the confidence and knowledge to deal with the issue effectively in their work setting. There will be a particular focus on court ordered contact.

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Event | 08/03/2016 | 09:15

Scottish Women's Aid 40th Anniversary Conference: Social Justice and Women's Equality

Tuesday, March 8 2016. Hibernian Football Club, Edinburgh.

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Scottish Women’s Aid. Our annual conference, held on International Women’s Day, will mark this significant anniversary with a discussion of social justice and women’s equality. We will be joined by leading academics and campaigners to focus on what Scottish Women’s Aid has achieved in the past four decades, and what still needs to be done to eliminate inequality.

We will explore issues including:

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Training | 16/03/2016 | 10am – 1pm

Illustrating the Invisible: Understanding the Dynamics of Stalking

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. Despite sharing significant similarities with the dynamics of domestic abuse stalking remains undefined as a gender based violence and is often ignored in policy tackling violence against women.

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Event | 17/03/2016 | 10am – 1pm

Introduction to Risk Assessment

This workshop is aimed at practitioners who have already undertaken domestic abuse training and are conversant with the nature of coercive control and/or intimate terrorism.  The workshop will explore the theory of risk identification and will provide practitioners with an opportunity to discuss the tools and approaches they currently use for risk identification.  

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Training | 23/03/2016 | 10am – 1pm

Sexual Violence in Relationships: Break the Silence

Data suggests that nearly one in four women worldwide may experience sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Yet staff supporting women affected by domestic abuse struggle to explore this aspect of their abuse.   This half day training session will explore the issue and seek to build delegates’ skills and confidence in working with the issue.

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Training | 30/03/2016 | 10.00am – 4.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)

Working With People Affected By Forced Marriage

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.

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Training | 11/04/2016 | 10.00am – 4.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)

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.

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Training | 29/04/2016 | 10.00am – 4.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)

Working With Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse

This session is aimed at workers who have regular contact with children and young people and who are seeking an understanding of how living with domestic abuse can impact on their lives.  Participants need no prior learning of domestic abuse related issues.

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Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2014, 67 women and 46 children and young people contacted Women's Aid for the very first time (SWA 2014)

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