Update from the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Delivery Group

East and Midlothian Public Protection Office has just issued a great list of upcoming training events and online resources. There’s lots here to support all our practice, so please do have a look.

Elected Member briefing note:  Violence Against Women is a Public Health Issue from The Improvement Service.

Shakti Women’s Aid – Forced marriage training for professionals, Edinburgh, 22nd January 2020, 9.30—4pm. The training sessions are designed by Women’s id Scotland Forced Marriage Consortium 2019 (Shakti Women’s Aid, Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid and Scottish Women’s Aid).  Training includes:

  • Understand the gendered cultural context of forced marriage and its links to Honour-based violence and domestic abuse.
  • Understand how the Forced Marriage and other legislation, can be used to protect children/adults at risk of forced marriage
  • Understand appropriate responses to identified risk and disclosure of forced marriage
  • Input from Police Scotland
  • Booking through Eventbrite link only. Free to book; £50 charge if fail to attend or notify less than 48 hours of the event. Free event- Lunch/ tea/coffee provided 

New NHS Education Scotland E-module “ Developing your trauma skilled practice”.
In line with the Trauma Skilled practice level of the Scottish Transforming Psychological Trauma Framework, Developing your trauma skilled practice is designed to:

  • Increase learners’ understanding of traumatic events and the different ways that people can be affected by them and
  • Help learners recognise where the impact of trauma might influence their work with people affected by trauma
  • There are 5 learning units plus assessment and takes 1-2 hours to complete. 
  • If you are registered with Turas Learn, Developing your trauma skilled practice can be accessed here.  It is simple and free to register an account with Turas Learn here.  See our website and Twitter account for 12 trauma resources for each of the 12 days of Christmas!  From:  Dr Sandra Ferguson, Associate Director Psychology, Lead for National Trauma Training Programme, NHS Education for Scotland.

The Scottish National Trauma Training Video Series provides short videos on topics such as the national trauma training programme, supporting children and young people to recover from psychological trauma, the window of tolerance (for individuals and for organisations) and the impact of trauma on witnesses.  Access these resources here

Access2safety – new social enterprise providing specialist language support in a range of languages including Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin & more. Our women are trained in Gender Based Violence, Honour Based Violence, FGM. See www.access2safety.co.uk

Recounting Women is an exhibition of work from Scottish Women’s Aid’s participatory photovoice project. The project works with women who have experienced domestic abuse to develop photographs and text that communicate what they want other people to know about domestic abuse, the impact it has on their lives, and what needs to change. Work in this exhibition highlights issues of injustice, homelessness, poverty and isolation identified by the women who took part in the project.  The exhibition is open 24 hours a day. Location: Ocean Terminal (2nd floor),  Ocean Drive, Edinburgh, EH6 6JJ

The Scottish Government has published Recorded Crime in Scotland: 2018-19. The bulletin and associated data tables provide statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.   The latest record crime stats (see above) show sexual crime at its highest level since records began. Whilst overall crime has risen by 1%, sexual crimes have increased by 8%. Reported rape and attempted rape have more than doubled (increasing by 115%) since 2010-11.

The Scottish Government / CoSLA:  Equally Safe delivery plan: year two update report
Read the second annual progress report for Equally Safe, Scotland’s strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls, published on 25 November 2019. This strategy was developed by the Scottish Government and COSLA in association with a wide range of partners from public and third sector organisations and was first published in June 2014 – updated version published in March 2016.

BBC item – research by Dr Jane Monckton Smith: patterns of domestic killings, describing an eight-stage pattern.

Article: Re-tangling the concept of coercive control: a view from the margins and a response to Walby and Towers. (2018). Rebecca Barnes and Catherine Donovan.

Gender edit of protection Scotland’s future: The government’s programme for Scotland 2019/2020, Engender Scotland

‘Information for Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse’ Animation Film, which has been produced following extensive consultation with survivors/survivor support services and with funding from Scottish Government.

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