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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.
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 the nature and prevalence of stalking in Scotland is scarce. What is known, and acknowledged internationally, is that stalking happens to far more women and men and that perpetrators of stalking are most often male. Similarly there are strong links between domestic violence and stalking and that a predictor of violence within the context of stalking is the history of an intimate relationship between the victim and stalker. Stalking however, remains undefined as a gender based violence and is often ignored in policy tackling violence against women.
Facts & Figures
In 81% of cases of domestic abuse there is a female victim and male perpetrator (SCS 2012)