Tackling Domestic Abuse in Scotland

This timely event will focus on next steps for tackling domestic abuse, following the passage of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill last year. We'll examine the next steps for reform, the steps your organisation can take to effectively protect and support victims and how to utilise partnership working to create sustainable services. 

59,541 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded in Scotland last year

In November, the Scottish Government launched one of two consultations related to domestic abuse, focusing on improving multi-agency interventions to protect victims at high risk of harm. Along with the Equally Safe strategy and the forthcoming consultation on the potential expansion of protection and exclusion orders, Scotland is undergoing a phase of service transformation and change in how organistions effectively tackle domestic abuse. 

The consultation process follows the passage last year of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill which created a new offence of domestic abuse reflecting modern thinking on controlling and abusive behaviour.

Join Holyrood on 30 January to scrutinise the Scottish Government’s proposed next steps for tackling domestic abuse, reflect on the impact of last year’s legislation and hear latest thinking on future-proofing approaches to domestic abuse. We'll bring together expert speakers and will provide the platform for you to raise the issues that matter to you the most, as we examine the next steps for reform, issues surrounding effective protection and support along with service delivery. 

Key issues we will address with you

  • Reflect on preparation for implementation of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill
  • Scrutinise proposals for the expansion of protection and exclusion orders
  • Discuss key issues for improving multi-agency interventions
  • Potential risks for victims, including issues such as homelessness, and how to deal with this adopting a partnership approach
  • The importance of education in reversing the trend for future generations
  • Latest thinking on emerging trends and future-proofing policy

Confirmed speakers

  • Trevor Owen, Head of Violence against Women and Girls, The Scottish Government
  • Nicola Gilchrist, Advocate, Arnot Manderson Advocates
  • Fiona Drouet, Campaigner, #EmilyTest
  • Rachael O'Byrne, Children and Women's Coordinator, Fife Cedar Project
  • Jen Douglas, Engagement Officer, SafeLives

Who should attend

  • Domestic abuse charities
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Courts & Tribunal Service
  • Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
  • Faculty of Advocates
  • Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Scottish Government
  • Local authorities
  • Scottish Prisons Service


Agenda

10.15 Registration and Networking

11:00 Chair’s Opening Remarks

Dr Oona Brooks, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Glasgow

11:00 Session 1:  Preparing for the introduction of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act

  • Reflect on preparation for implementation of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill
  • Discuss key issues for improving multi-agency interventions

Speakers include:

11:05 Making Scotland Equally Safe

  • An overview of the Scottish Government and COSLA Equally Safe strategy for preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls
  • An update on current and future developments relating to domestic abuse policy

 Trevor Owen, Head of VAWG, Social Isolation and LGBTI Equality Policy, Scottish Government

11:25 Assessing the Legal Implications

Nicola Gilchrist, Advocate, Arnot Anderson

11:45 Case Study: the EmilyTest project

Fiona Drouet, Campaigner, #EmilyTest

12:05 Interactive Roundtable Discussion

12:30 Q&A

12:50  Lunch and Networking

13.35 Session 2: Next Steps for Reform - Addressing Risks and Future-Proofing Services

  • Improving partnership working and protecting high-risk victims
  • Exchanging good practice on innovative solutions

Speakers include:

13:35 Lessons from the CEDAR Project

Rachael O'Byrne, Children's and Women's Coordinator, Fife Cedar Project

13:55 Safe Lives – Coercive Control, Legislation and Collaboration

  • Defining co-ercive control and it’s impact on survivors of DA
  • Brief overview of the new Act
  • Collaborative approaches to shaping effective practice

Jen Douglas, Engagement Lead, SafeLives 

14:15 Interactive Roundtable Session

14:35 Q&A

15:00 Chair's Closing Remarks

Dr Oona Brooks, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Glasgow

15.30 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Our events are CPD Certified. This event is equivalent to 2 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

 

Venue

Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VATpp | 2+ places £195 + VATpp (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private rate: 1 place £295 + VATpp | 2+ places £245 + VATpp (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
30 January 2019
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