The Scottish Parliament recently passed ground-breaking legislation recognising coercive control as a domestic abuse offence.

Domestic abuse is a pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and/or violent behaviour, including sexual violence, by a partner or ex-partner. Domestic abuse is overwhelmingly experienced by women and perpetrated by men. It doesn’t matter how old someone is, what race or ethnicity they are, what class they are, whether or not they are disabled, or whether they have children – anyone can be a victim of abuse.

The Scottish Parliament recently passed ground-breaking legislation recognising coercive control as a domestic abuse offence.

At the same time as this legislation has been being developed, a number of local authorities have also been looking at how they respond to domestic abuse and how they can improve the support they give to women and children as well as to perpetrators of domestic abuse.

10 local authorities now use the Safe and Together approach. This approach is about partnering with women and supporting them to remain safe and together with their children. To support these 10 local authorities and to encourage others to join them Social Work Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, the Improvement Service, the Centre for Inspiring Children’s Futures and Barnardo’s have come together to develop a proposal for a Safe and Together Institute.

We currently have commitment from funders for 50% of the budget required to fund the Institute and will post details on here when the project begins.

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