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Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse

December 10 @ 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

** Please note: this training also takes places on Wednesday 20th March 2019

This session is aimed at front-line staff who work directly with women, children and young people.  The course draws on up-to-date research and theorising about the issue as well as current best practice in relation to supporting those experiencing domestic abuse.

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  several articles and book chapters including “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; “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; N. Lombard & N. Whiting, ‘What’s in a name?: The Scottish Government, feminism and the gendered framing of domestic abuse’ in N. Lombard (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Violence, (Abington: Routledge, 2018); N Lombard & N. Whiting, ‘The unique case of Scotland’ in L. Goodmark & R. Goel (eds.) Comparative Perspectives on Domestic Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).


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


Scottish Women’s Aid
2nd Floor, Rose Street
Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 3JD United Kingdom
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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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Training Administrator, Scottish Women’s Aid, 132 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JD or email to

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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.