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Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse

June 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: £95 per statutory sector delegate/£75 per voluntary sector delegate/£60 Cedar group-worker, inclusive of buffet lunch

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.

By the end of the session delegates will be able to:
• Reframe domestic abuse as a course of coercive and controlling conduct which produces compliance in the victimised partner through fear and the creation of a sense of entrapment
• Appreciate the impact of domestic abuse on those who experience it and how it affects their behaviour and choices
• Understand the main issues of providing a sensitive and appropriate service to women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse

The facilitator: Nel Whiting is a Learning & Development Worker with Scottish Women’s Aid, where she has worked since September 2003. Her role takes her throughout Scotland providing learning opportunities to a range of professionals in the voluntary and statutory sector. She also teaches on the Queen Margaret University ‘Gender Justice’ module. Her previous employment includes work in Racial Equality Councils in Scotland and her native Wales. She is author of “What Can Contemporary Gender Theory Contribute to An Understanding of Abuse in Same Sex Relationships?” which was published in the Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies 2008, Asking About Abuse: Routine Enquiry of Domestic Abuse and Childhood Sexual Abuse Training Pack (with Cosgrove & Beavon) which was published by the Scottish Government Health Directorate in 2011 and “Effecting Operational Change Through Training: Challenges and Approaches” in N. Lombard and L. McMillan (eds.) (2012) Research Highlights in Social Work: Violence Against Women, Jessica Kingsley Publications.


June 19
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Scottish Women’s Aid
0131 226 6606


Scottish Women’s Aid Office
2nd Floor, 132 Rose Street
Edinburgh, EH2 3JD
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We offer a wide range of training opportunities, drawing nearly 40 years’ experience of working with women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse. We offer specific training to our members, local women’s aid groups, as well as offering learning opportunities for practitioners and policy makers. 

We can provide training on a commissioned basis, tailored to your organisation. For further information contact Nel Whiting.

Download the latest training programme and information leaflet here.

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Cancellation Policy

Full price cost for non-attendance and cancellation within 24 hours. Conferences and other events may have different cancellation policies – please check the booking form for details.