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Grampian Women’s Aid provide a wide range of training and development opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and gender-based violence. We have developed our training sessions in accordance with the principles, ethos and high standards of the Women's Aid movement and all are underpinned by the Scottish Government's "Equally Safe" strategy, Scotland's strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

Our training courses provide a base level introduction and aims to equip candidates with the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to recognise, respond to and work effectively with survivors of domestic abuse.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, for 2021, we have developed online training webinars for a number of topics. Research indicates that short, bite sized, sessions promote the best learning when it comes to online delivery.  Hence, each webinar is of 2 hours duration. 


 Feedback From Past Participants:

“very well informed trainer, able to use experience to aid understanding”

“was very engaging and used lots of case examples, which made the information easier to take in”

“I found the section on “why doesn’t she leave?” useful.  This changed my thinking to be less judgemental of women who don’t leave their partners”

“I will use the information I learnt, putting it into practice when working with children.”


Tailored Training

We also provide training on a commissioned basis to a wide range of organisations. Training is tailored to your service and can be delivered at a time and venue/platform (zoom or Microsoft Teams) of your choice.  Please contact alison.hay@grampianwomensaid.com for further information.


Meet the Trainer

Alison Hay, has a background in Community Development and qualified from the University of Dundee with a degree in Community Education.  With more than twenty years’ experience of working in the Third Sector, Alison has developed projects in a range of areas including housing, young people, regeneration and befriending. She also worked for some fifteen years in public health in a variety of health improvement settings.  She was the Manager of Grampian Women’s Aid for 5 years and now leads on Fundraising and Development.  During her time as Manager, she widened the scope of the organisation by: developing initiatives such as the outreach support team; launching the children and young person’s service and successfully leading the organisation through the completion of the Women’s Aid in Scotland National Standards. Alison has spent time in several countries in the Far East volunteering for empowering women projects.  She also carried out research with women who had experienced domestic abuse in these countries into how cultural differences had affected their journey. Alison is an experienced trainer with a passion and focus on gender equality and the eradication of violence against women. 


Details of our training courses:

An Introduction to the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse

20 Jan 2021 - 10:00am - Online Webinar

This evidence-based session is aimed at front line staff and those in the community who have an interest in domestic abuse.Learning outcomes:Reframe domestic abuse as a course of coercive and controll...

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An Introduction to the Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children & Young People

10 Feb 2021 - 10:00am - online Webinar

Course participants will gain an understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and the effects that coercive control has on children and young people. Learning Outcomes:Appreciate the impact of dome...

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Understanding Economic Abuse

8 Mar 2021 - 10:00am - Online Webinar

Up to 90% of domestic abuse survivors cite having experienced economic or financial abuse by their intimate partner. Economic abuse is recognised in the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, however...

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An Overview of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018

21 Apr 2021 - 10:00am - Online Webinar

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, which came into force as legislation on 1st April 2019, creates a specific offence of domestic abuse, strengthening the law and offering greater protection for ...

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An Introduction to the Safe and Together Practice Principles

12 May 2021 - 10:00am - Online Webinar

The Scottish Government’s vision to make Scotland a fairer and more equal society where everyone is valued, protected and respected includes commitment to the principles of the Safe & Together™ Model....

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An Introduction to the Dynamics of Domestic Abuse

9 Jun 2021 - 10:00am - Online Webinar

This evidence-based session is aimed at front line staff and those in the community who have an interest in domestic abuse.Learning outcomes:Reframe domestic abuse as a course of coercive and controll...

Read More

An Overview of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018

18 Aug 2021 - 10:00am - Online Webinar

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, which came into force as legislation on 1st April 2019, creates a specific offence of domestic abuse, strengthening the law and offering greater protection for ...

Read More

Understanding Economic Abuse

18 Oct 2021 - 10:00am - Online Webinar

Up to 90% of domestic abuse survivors cite having experienced economic or financial abuse by their intimate partner. Economic abuse is recognised in the new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, however...

Read More

An Introduction to the Effects of Domestic Abuse on Children & Young People

18 Nov 2021 - 10:00am - Online Webinar

Course participants will gain an understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and the effects that coercive control has on children and young people. Learning Outcomes:Appreciate the impact of dome...

Read More

An Introduction to the Safe and Together Practice Principles

8 Dec 2021 - 10:00am - Online Webinar

The Scottish Government’s vision to make Scotland a fairer and more equal society where everyone is valued, protected and respected includes commitment to the principles of the Safe & Together™ Model....

Read More