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This seminar has been designed for delegates who already have an understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and wish to learn more about its impacts and support implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
When someone experiences abuse, this can be traumatic. But what do we actually mean when we talk about trauma? This training has been developed to widen the understanding of this topic, in non-clinical/plain language and illustrated with examples from the field of gender-based violence.
This training aims to give workers that 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.
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’?
The aim of this seminar is to build a solid understanding of the nature and scope of domestic abuse and its intersections with child protection, providing the delegates with the confidence and knowledge to deal with the issue effectively in their work setting. The training has been developed as a partnership between Scottish Women’s Aid and With Scotland, the national resource supporting professionals working with children and adults at risk of harm and abuse.
Children and young people have been speaking out about domestic abuse and ‘seen’ in the field of domestic abuse for over a decade. Amongst the growing body of international studies, a series of participatory research projects in Scotland (from Listen Louder to Voice Against Violence) emerges as world-leading in its focus on children and young people’s active participation in solutions.
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 1 of 4)
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.
Facts & Figures
On one day in 2012, 349 women and 323 children were living in refuge (SWA 2012)