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Scottish Women’s Aid: 35th Anniversary Events

September 8, 2011

This year is the 35th anniversary of Scottish Women’s Aid and to mark this milestone we are organising a variety of events in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We are now taking bookings for the below anniversary seminars.

35 Years of Understanding Domestic Abuse in Scotland

This seminar will review our developing understanding of the nature and impact of domestic abuse from the early years of theorising to the present.  It will consider how we understand the issue shapes the policy and practice response to it.   The seminar will begin  with a revisit of Violence against wives: a case against the patriarchy (Dobash & Dobash, 1979), a landmark study of domestic abuse in Scotland that still resonates today.  It provided activists, support workers and survivors with a nuanced understanding and a language to explain a complex and hidden issue.   The seminar  will then move to reflect on the practical application of Evan Stark’s framing of domestic abuse as coercive control, drawing on the research behind the article Living in the World of the Domestic Violence Perpetrator: Negotiating the Unreality of Coercive Control, (Williamson, 2010).  It will conclude with an interactive panel discussion which will reflect the variety work on the domestic abuse agenda being undertaken in Scotland.

Keynote speakers – Rebecca & Russell Dobash, Emeritus Professor, Criminology, School of Law, University of Manchester and and  Dr Emma Williamson (University of Bristol)

Panel members – Rory McRae (Domestic Violence Probation Project), Marianne Osborne (Renfrewshire Women’s Aid) and Amy Roch (LGBT Domestic Abuse Project).

Date: Wednesday 19th October 2011

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: The Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,  EH1 1SR

Cost: £25 per statutory sector delegate/£15 per voluntary sector delegates

The Continuum of Violence Against Women

This seminar will begin by revisiting and explaining the concept of a continuum of violence against women which was posited as an explanatory theory by Liz Kelly in her 1988 book Surviving Sexual Violence.  The seminar will then move on to explore its practical application in the lives of black and minority ethnic women, whose experiences may include domestic abuse exacerbated by abuse from other family members, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour’ crimes and FGM.  The panel discussion will reflect the broader agenda we are now working on in Scotland, highlighting connections between form of violence against women and possible tensions within the agenda.

Keynote Speakers – Professor Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University) and Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters)

Panel Members – Girijamba Polubothu (Shakti Women’s Aid), Linda Thompson (Women’s Support Project), Speaker TBC (Rape Crisis Scotland).

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2011

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: The Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,  EH1 1SR

Cost: £25 per statutory sector delegate/£15 per voluntary sector delegates

Children’s Experiences, Contact & Safety in the Context of Domestic Abuse

This seminar will begin with an overview of literature pertaining to children’s experiences of domestic abuse, looking at what research tells us about the impact on children and how they understand their experiences.   It will then focus specifically on what children and young people are telling us about their experiences of contact with a father who has domestically abused their mother.  The panel discussion will consider how what we know about children’s experiences shapes our practice in supporting children and campaigning on the issue.

Keynote Speakers – Professor Nicky Stanley (University of Central Lancashire) and Fiona Morrison (Edinburgh University)

Panel Members – Heather Coady (Scottish Women’s Aid), Viki Kerr (Domestic Violence Probation Project), Sandra Paton (South Ayrshire Women’s Aid).

Date: Wednesday 29th February 2012

Time: 10am – 1pm

Venue: The Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh,  EH1 1SR

Cost: £25 per statutory sector delegate/£15 per voluntary sector delegates.

For further information about the anniversary please contact Emma Sutherland on 0131 226 6606 or emma.sutherland@scottishwomensaid.org.uk

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