Event Summary

The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has recently reported that progress following the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 has been too slow. Improvements have been made for domestic abuse victims, but there is still work to be done to strengthen support for victims and promote their voice throughout the process.

Holyrood Insight’s Domestic Abuse Scotland Conference will be a timely opportunity to assess current provision for domestic abuse victims, and examine what is needed to improve support and tackle offending moving forward.

Against a backlog of cases following the pandemic, we will discuss national priorities for tackling domestic abuse and how policy and funding can support those at risk.

Join us to hear expert insights on key issues which are central to improving outcomes for victims, including:

  • Putting victims at the heart of domestic abuse policy and practice
  • Breaking the cycle of crime: tackling repeat offences
  • Improving experiences of the legal process
  • Fostering a strong multi-agency approach to tackle domestic abuse

With the widening definition of Domestic Abuse under the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act, it’s important to understand different types of abuse and the impact on victims. We will explore how to best respond to, and raise awareness of different types of abuse, including coercive control and emotionally abusive behaviour.

Join us face to face in Edinburgh this October to learn and network with colleagues from across Scotland, and to strengthen your approach to supporting victims of domestic abuse.

Key Points

  • Widening the definition of domestic abuse
  • Best practice in adopting a holistic approach to victim support
  • Strengthening the voice of victims
  • Opportunities to improve the legal process for victims
  • Addressing challenges and opportunities surrounding reporting and prosecutions
  • Domestic abuse perpetrator interventions: what works?
  • Improving experiences and outcomes for domestic abuse victims