Coercive Control and the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018
Coercive control is a purposeful and sustained pattern of behaviour whereby one person within the relationship seeks to use power, control and coercion over another. Coercive control is a term developed to help us understand domestic abuse as more than a “fight”.
Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 which comes into force on 1st April 2019 will create a specific offense of domestic abuse. This act will improve the law and offer greater protection for those experiencing domestic abuse in all its forms.
This session is aimed at frontline staff who work directly with women, children and young people and who recognise that an understanding of coercive control and the new Act will assist them in their work. The training has been developed in collaboration between Scottish women’s Aid and trainers from the women’s aid network. Participants need no prior knowledge of coercive control.
By the end of the session delegates will be able to:
- Understand coercive control as a specific form of intimate partner abuse and the tactics and behaviours of perpetrators
- Understand the main components of Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act and how to support women to report
- Apply the knowledge to their own work in supporting women, children and young people
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