A Practical Guide to the Law Around Domestic Abuse

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.

By the end of the session delegates will be able to:
• Understand the differences between Civil and Criminal Law including how the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) interact with women experiencing domestic abuse
• Understand the court process; we will also explore special measures, pleading diets and practicalities of supporting women through the process.
• Understand criminal proceedings and powers in dealing with perpetrators including court appearances, evidence, bail conditions and sentences
• Understand Civil Law Remedies including types of interdicts available to women; what they are for, what they can do and what the point of them is

The facilitator – Gillian Baker is the Women and Children’s Solicitor on the Domestic Abuse Transitions Advice Project in Stirling and Consultant Solicitor at Baker Gostelow Family Law in Lanarkshire. Developing a keen interest in family law and violence against women early in her career, Gillian provided a free legal surgery to women in prostitution in Glasgow throughout her legal traineeship. She was a solicitor at Castlemilk Law Centre’s domestic abuse project and a solicitor in private practice before starting her own family law firm in Lanarkshire in 2003. Gillian represents clients both in and out of court, specialising in family and child law. She has considerable expertise in the law around domestic abuse and headed up a domestic abuse project in North Lanarkshire through 2007 and 2008 under a Scottish Executive Community Safety Partnership Award.  Gillian was formerly on the Board of Glasgow Women's Aid and is a current Director of Scottish Women's Aid.

Event typeTraining
Time10.00am – 4.00pm (tea/coffee & registration at 9.45am)
VenueSWA Office, 2nd Floor, 132 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JD
Cost£95 per statutory sector delegate/£75 per voluntary sector delegate/£60 Cedar group-worker, inclusive of buffet lunch

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Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2013, 37 women and 22 children and young people asked for refuge accommodation, but Women's Aid were unable to find suitable spaces for 19 women and five children and young people (SWA 2013)

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