Changing Perceptions: Recognising Domestic Abuse

**Venue: Room no B32 in Merchiston Campus**


Almost 60,000 incidents of Domestic Abuse are registered by Police Scotland every year. Healthcare professionals are often the first contact victims have. We believe it is greatly important that we train healthcare professionals to recognise domestic abuse and provide them with tools that assist victims to seek the best path towards their recovery.. For this reason, Abused Men in Scotland AMIS  in collaboration with Changing Perceptions (an initiative of Bright Red Triangle at Edinburgh Napier University) will be holding a masterclass followed by a workshop. The aim is to raise awareness of domestic abuse and help develop the necessary skills to recognise it as well as learning some basic skills on how to assist victims.

A common misconception is that domestic abuse is perpetrated by men against women, when in fact 20% of domestic abuse incidents recorded by Police Scotland in 2016-2017 involved a male victim, of which 18% involved a woman as the accused party. Domestic abuse incidents in same-sex relationships showed a fairly equal level of victimisation in terms of gender. In addition, international research shows that male victims are less likely to report domestic abuse than female victims. Our gender inclusive approach broadens the perception of domestic abuse, reaching a wider range of victims and gives voice to a group that is under-represented in current public debate. 

You can see more statistics on domestic abuse in scotland here.

3:45 – 4:00 pm – Registration

4:00 – 4:05 pm – Introductory address to introduce Changing Perceptions and Bright Red Triangle

4:05 – 4:55 pm – Introduction to AMIS and keynote. During this presentation, we will define domestic abuse, talk about ways of recognising it, the Domestic Abuse Bill that has recently been passed by MSPs and will touch on gender stereotyping and why it is important to address the gender gap that currently exists around domestic abuse

4:55 – 5:25 pm – Workshop (Scenarios, creative thinking, challenging perceptions….). For this workshop, we will divide the session in smaller groups and present challenging scenarios so that you can confront these in a safe environment.

5:25 – 5:40 pm – Q&A and workshop closure.

5:40-5:45 – Closure by Changing Perceptions

For any queries, please write to Gon at g.asla@napier.ac.uk